Dan Paquette took us to some of his favorite botanical sites. Along the way Dan pointed out various tree, shrub and moss species. Rob too, was a walking encyclopedia. He pointed to a decaying stump and said when he was in graduate school they took apart a similar stump and found over 300 different species of invertebrates living in it.
I asked Rob if he would send us a paragraph reflecting on the afternoon. As soon as he got home he sent us his thoughts....
A rainy day walk in the woods
On a late afternoon in November, in between rain squalls, a small group of us went out for an exploration of the North Creek Forest. As we arrived at the northern access point the large white sign said, 35 acres for sale. Pushing past the freeway noise we entered the forest. The light was subdued filtered gray from the clouds which gave everything a soft touch. The ground was covered with a thick mulch, with bright yellow maple and horse chestnut leaves adding the top layer, the bright yellow like so many pieces of summer sunshine scattered on the ground.