|Located in Lubec, Maine|
The rocks on the State Park shore are a mixture of sedimentary rocks like shale, conglomerate, glacial sand and cobbles, as well as metamorphic rocks and volcanic rocks. You can read some of the geologic history from the Maine Geologic Survey.
|Left column - Yellow Blue-Bead Lily flowers and berries|
Right Column - Bunchberry flowers and berries
With it's location on the coast, the State Park forested area receives a lot of moisture from fog. We saw evidence of the result of this in the tremendous variety of lichens, moss, and fungi covering the ground and the trees as we walked the trails toward the bog. The Quoddy State Park has a fairly short boardwalk, but more extensive trails leading to and from the bog.
|Purple Pitcher plants were in full bloom in June.|
There was peat moss that was just beginning to green up.
And there were all sorts of trees, like black spruce and larch mixed
throughout the landscape.
The Eagle Hill Bog, in Campobello, has a much more extensive boardwalk, part of which connects to an overlook toward Glensevern Lake and Herring Cove.
We saw these flowering plants in June. Labrador Tea (white), American Larch (red pine cone shaped flower), and Bog American Laurel (pink.) By the way, the Larch flowers were still present in August and eventually turn into the pine cones. (Again, thanks to Josh Fecteau for giving me the proper I.D. of the Laurel)
In August, the plants are quickly maturing before autumn weather sets in. Summers are short in Downeast Maine and on Campobello. Bog cranberries are maturing, Labrador Tea plants are pulling in tannins and darkening on the underside of their leaves, Purple Pitcher Plant flowers are now mature fruits with seeds, spiders are taking advantage of surfaces all over the bog to build their webs, and the sphagnum moss is changing from bright green to rich russet colors.