Sunday, October 23, 2016

Brecksville Reservation Redux (10/23/2016)

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Another couple sections of the Emerald Necklace of Cleveland Metroparks, first the Brecksville Reservation.
A large millstone made from stone quarried in the area
This is the Harriet Keeler Shelterhouse (1928)
that is the oldest in the Cleveland Metroparks;
it was built with sandstone and wood found within the park
Fallen maple leaves underfoot
On the Hemlock Loop Trail, a rocky ridge
A glimpse of Chippewa Creek,
a tributary of the Cuyahoga River
These black drubes appear to be Raccoon-grapes
or Ampelopsis cordata
Once again at the Harriet Keeler Memorial
Next was the hike through the Harriet Keeler Memorial Woods on the Wildflower Loop Trail.
A large glade of Vinca minor/Periwinkle
A short detour on the Prairie Loop Trail.
The Prairie Observation Deck (1986),
a gift of The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland
A view of the prairie; it seems springtime is the best time to visit
Stone drinking fountain
Kent checks out the Brecksville Nature Center
Sitta carolinensis/White-breasted Nuthatch
Poecile atricapillus/Black-capped Chickadee
"For Smilin' Dan, The Nature Man"
On our way to Bedford Reservation, we passed the County Line Saloon, but not any county lines!
The County Line Saloon dive bar
In the Bedford Reservation we followed the Buckeye Trail markers which coicided with the Bridal Trail.
Not a horse hoof print!
A large patch of Equisetum hyemale/Scouring Rush
(they look like dark green spikes) (KSS)
Scouring rush up close (KSS)
We have made it around the connected Emerald Necklace of Cleveland Metroparks, but there are other scattered parks still to visit.

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