We live on three lakes that are connected: White Lake, Kauneonga Lake and Amber Lake. I wanted to take the 30-45 minute walk over to the bog forest on Amber Lake where we canoe to see the carnivorous pitcher plants in the summertime, especially since I had never checked on them in the winter. Even in summertime Amber Lake is a quietly mysterious place, in winter it is even more so. There is some interesting history on White Lake here.
Animal footprints surround a watering hole in the bog forest (above). It was hard to spot the pitcher plants among all the dead leaves (below).
These American pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea) are about five-inches tall and live on mossy islands in the bog. They had a frozen block of ice in their throats and downward-facing hairs that help keep insects from climbing back out over the lip. In the summertime they are more conspicuous when they send up tall flowers.
The bog is a series of small moss islands surrounded by channels. In the summertime we canoe in between the islands where the water is very deep, dark and tannic. Once I fell in trying to see a pitcher plant and was covered in incredibly smelly black anaerobic mud. I had a hard time convincing Chad to let me back in the canoe while he kept me out with his oar. He would have survived the Titanic I feel sure.
Amber Lake with a stunted hemlock tree in the bog.
A partially frozen ice fishing hole. The ice looks to be about 10-12 inches thick.
In the woods on the far edge of Amber Lake and Kauneonga Lake, we came across a derelict summer camp hidden in the woods. I know from a friend who went there in the 1960s that it was called Camp Hi-Li (Hebrew Institute of Long Island). There is a facebook group that shows photographs of this camp in its heyday.
It's unclear to me why they would have wanted a swimming pool when the beach on the lake and is 100 feet away.