On a cloudy but warmish afternoon, I drove down to Rock Bay again, stopping here and there to wander in the woods or to take photos of trees and rocks. The last time I was there, in February of 2016, the road was muddy and slippery and pitted with a zillion large tire-eating potholes. This time, the road was smooth, dry, well gravelled. A sign at the entrance gave a speed limit of 60 kph. Amazing!
The second stop on the way was at McCreight Lake. (I'll talk about that first stop later.) There are a few campsites on the lake; I stopped there on the way back, too, looking for an outhouse.
|McCreight Lake, a long (5 km), narrow (0.5 km), shallow lake.|
The shore vegetation takes its reddish-brownn colour, for now, from last year's crop of dried hardhack flowers.
|Dried hardhack, Spiraea douglasii.|
Soon the shore will be green, then pink as the new flowers appear. Then dusty rose, the colour of the stem above, once the flowers ripen. Brought inside and dried, they will retain that colour all winter.
Segunda foto; un ramo de flores secas de Spiraea douglasii.
Dentro de muy poco tiempo, esas orillas se vestirán de verde, luego de color de rosa cuando aparecen las nuevas flores. Más tarde, ya maduras, se volverán de un color casi malva. Si se les trae a casa y se secan bien, pueden mantener ese color todo el invierno.
Siguiente: más sobre el camino a Rock Bay.