I collected water samples from Little East Pond and East Pond today, as well as Russel Pond and Beaver Pond. Summer is starting to get warmer and more humid. It was a relatively easy 5-mile loop hike for the east pond pair. There was plenty of moose track and sign along the trails. Little East Pond is a clear, tiny, and shallow body of water surrounded by a spruce-fir forest. It appeared to only be a couple of feet deep at the deepest point, it seemed like it might be possible to walk through the entire pond (see photo below top). The black flies were particularly bad however. I noticed a pair of ducks in the water, with lots of what I think are green frogs along the banks (see photo).
The trail from Little East to East Pond is primarily flat, cutting through a very dense spruce-fir and yellow birch forest. East Pond is striking in its beauty (see top photo of me getting a sample and middle photo bottom), very clear with a blue tinge, this pond was once mined for diatomaceous earth. I waded into the water and briefly submerged myself, it was almost painfully cold, but very refreshing after a sweaty, humid hike. I wanted to stay longer but I was worried about possible thunderstorms, and I wanted to have enough time to sample Russel and Beaver Ponds. Russel Pond is alongside a Forest Service campground down the road from the east pond trail, and Beaver Pond is just off Route 112 near the Lost River.
On Monday I took the Mt Kineo Trail from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest to the Three Ponds area on the other side of the mountain to sample a few ponds. I headed out early in an attempt to avoid a possible storm, which never quite made it up this way. The area towards the end of the Mt Kineo trail and by the donkey cutoff/three ponds seemed like the perfect habitat for moose, and I was really hoping to see one, but it didn’t happen. Moose tracks, as well as scat were abundant nearly everywhere I looked. To the right is a photo of one of the moose tracks. I also observed plenty of red efts along the trail, two garter snakes, raccoon tracks, deer tracks, a couple of black bear tracks, and a huge porcupine sauntering along in front of me on my return hike back up. Because I was in a bit of a hurry I didn’t stop for too many photographs, and by the time I had my camera out for the porcupine it was waddling away as fast as it could, and I didn’t want to bother it.
It was a very solitary hike, I didn’t see another person the entire ten or eleven miles.
I am doing an undergraduate research project in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest for the summer, so I will be trying to post as many photos of that as I can, hopefully doing a great deal of experimenting along the way.
I experimented a bit with some low shutter speeds at Hubbard Brook today in the evening, the lighting was beautiful, as the clouds cleared in the afternoon. The Brook leads into the Pemi, and is a beautiful example of a white mountain river, with large boulders and smooth rounded rocks. I experimented between 1 and 2 second exposure times.
I recently arrived at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, where I will be spending most of the summer.
These photos are from a brief walk I did around part of Mirror Lake.