23 Photos - Aug 6, 2014
Photo: Cranberry Lake taken from a highpoint on The Bluff Trail south of the lake. The ensuing photos, taken Aug 5, 2014, begin at the north end of the lake, seen here in the distance. There are about a dozen islands in the southern 1/3rd of the lake. The shoreline has alternating stretches or patches of rocky granitic outcrops and wetlands, no sandy beaches! These photos highlight the rocky outcrops and large erratics.Photo: Popular swimming spot, just off  the BLT Trail.

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This rockscape is bereft of the lichens and small shrubs which cover undisturbed rockscapes viewable in subsequent photos.Photo: Going south on the west side of the lake, here a view back. The bushy vegetation growing in crevices  and more nearly level areas where some soil accumulates is mostly Huckleberry, some Rhodora, Lambkill, Canada Holly, Bayberry and in wettest spots, Mountain Holly and Sweet Gale.Photo: The ruffled brown and black cover is associated with tripe lichens; the bright white cover, encrusting lichens such as Artoparmelia.Photo: The low bushy groundcover is mostly Broom Crowberry, with foliose Reindeer Lichen mixed in; some Lowbush Blueberry. The lower 30 cm or so just above the waterline is scraped clean by ice scour. Brown staining at and  below the waterline is probably attributable to tannins in this brown water and microbial growth.Photo: Photo: I want to get a better, in-focus pic of this one!Photo: Photo: A perfect day for reflections.Photo: Photo: My favourite "rock", first visited in winter over frozen ice.Photo: From another vantage point (southeast of the rock).Photo: From the south, looking north.Photo: Surely a special place.Photo: These little islands in the southern portion of Cranberry Lake are important as nesting grounds for loons, as they lack the predators on the mainland and larger islands. There has been a pair of loons on Cranberry Lake for many years. On this day I heard one of them, which was reassuring, but I haven't seen "the family" yet (as I did last year)... Loons are threatened by mercury in this part of the province.Photo: The outflow from Pot Lake enters Cranberry lake here. There was not much water flowing on Aug 5, following a particular droughty summer so far.Photo: The short portage to Pot Lake  goes through a patch of old growth Acadian forest. The big trees are Red Spruce.Photo: In Pot Lake.Photo: In Pot Lake. The Bluff Trail comes down to the shore just to the right of the photo.Photo: Polypody ferns on little ledges.Photo: In Pot LakePhoto: Back on Cranberry LakePhoto: The sun is coming out. Unfortunately, it is time to head out.. in less than an hour I'll be back in the settled landscape, but the memory and sense of these places will linger. I am very glad they are protected so I know I can come back - and my grandchildrens' children.