Spring brings the most wonderful greens as new leaves and growth unfurl. Hiking old logging trails is a great way to see what’s up in the woods in spring. Yesterday I took pictures of at least 4 different kinds of ferns (need another walk – none were good), new seeds (sugar maple), maple flowers (striped maples – above), bunch berry flowers, twin flowers, golden thread and the list goes on. Spring really is a time of renewal.
Striped maple, Acer pensylvanicum, is my favorite maple. It is a hardwood forest understory plant and has wonderful large leaves, striped bark and hanging flowers. Try these sites for identification and further information.
I am lucky enough to have a neighbour who lets us walk the old logging road on his property as it climbs south mountain. It’s not a hard walk, but it is steadily uphill. The Annapolis Valley is bounded to the south by “south mountain” and to the north by “north mountain”. Now any reasonable person knows that these are not really mountains, but…that’s what we call them. These hills have been logged for a very long time (hundreds of years) and could be an example (at least in places) for sustainable logging.
To find a logging trail to hike, check out the Nova Scotia Atlas. One example is Roxbury Road. Look for unpaved roads off Highway 201. Be careful to make sure the road/trail is public, and have a great day out doors.