There weren't many tracks of note today : squirrel, mouse, some old and drifted coyote. There were some nice fox tracks, but for some reason they just weren't photographing well. I had my eyes peeled for more deer bones (companions to the skull previously posted), but no such luck.
From many places along the trail you can catch a glimpse of the Goodnow Mt. firetower. We had a trio of visitors in first thing this morning whose destination was the firetower. I hope they had a good climb.
Every time I walk by this tree, I think "my goodness, but the woodpeckers have been busy." One of these days I will have to actually record the holes and then check on subsequent visits to see if any new ones are added.
Doesn't this look like pale broccoli? I'm not really sure what it is: moss or lichen. It was soft and spongy, which to me suggests moss, but it is awfully pale for most mosses I've seen (with the exception of Bryum argenteum, which is a lovely silvery green). Whatever it is, there was a lot of it, all along the underside of a fallen-over tree, which has been down for quite some time. Hm...maybe they're liverworts?
Every year I tell myself that I should explore this rock face, but I never do. It certainly wouldn't be easy to navigate; in fact it would be downright difficult, but I bet there are lots of nifty things to discover. The variety of mosses and lichens alone might be worth it.
On the way back to the building, I passed a group of cross-country skiers. Should you put the VIC on your list of destinations this winter, please keep in mind that while all our trails are snowshoe-able, only the Sage Trail is a ski trail. To get to the Sage Trail, you have to ski part of the Sucker Brook Trail, which can be a challenge, even for expert skiers. And if you don't have any snowshoes, that's okay - you can borrow a pair from us at no charge.
So pack up the family and come on out. I hope these images have tempted you to make the Newcomb VIC one of your winter trip stops this year.