I first saw Heath Pond Bog from the air, an almost round blue disk surrounded by shades of green, that was about 8 years ago. Today on my way back from a meeting I stopped over for a close-up visit from the ground, in the snow, and cold. It’s early April and already some contrasting colors are making their way into the plants and trees though looking more like autumn than spring with the snow falling.
In 1977 the federal government put this small parcel of land on the register of National Natural Landmarks in part for its exemplary variety of bog plants. It sounds odd because when I picture an outstanding natural community I picture something that takes hours if not days to get to, secluded and protected from crowds, machines and disturbance. The highway, it’s trash and noise just feet from the peat and tannin stained waters. I parked 10 feet off the road and walked 20 feet to get to the edge of the bog another 10 minutes walking got me to a stones throw of the clear water. The Sphagnum moss, solid looking but really just floating, kept me from getting too near the water’s edge. So I settled for exploring the upland hillside and the random stump to photograph from.
There are more details on the types of plants and animals that live in the bog here: Heath Pond Bog I don’t claim to know a lot of species names in Latin or English for that matter, but I do enjoy creating photographs of these unique places. They seem to get more and more important to save or protect as the years go on. A bit more information can be found here at the Ossipee Lake Alliance