Middle Lake Explorations | WG Jones State Forest
When I arrived at Middle Lake I saw several fishermen on the south end. I spotted a park bench on the east side of the lake and had to wade through calf deep grass to get there. A path was not worn well in this direction. Lake levels were down due to the summer and drought so I put my camera back down on the bench and edged closer to the water.
I looked to the north and noticed more cypress trees, deciding that it was worth going off and exploring.
A berm separated the lake and the smaller pond behind it to the north. The pond was down as well and provided a better space to walk, the berm being overgrown and all, so down I went to the shoreline.
The cypress were decorated beautifully in lichen and fungus. Lovely!
A carolina anole posed long enough for a shot before jumping off into the grass.
Yellow bladderwort dotted the mud bottom. Had there been water in the pond here, the bladderwort would have been floating.
However, it is now resigned to sitting idly by on the mud until some rain shows up around here.
Lots of good fungus growing around the pond!
Leigh might like these!
The berm continued around the pond, slowly becoming more overgrown as I continued further. Eventually I had to bail off to the side and walk around back to the far east side of the pond instead of attempting to bushwhack through the berm. This is one of the varieties of Elephantopus, maybe tomentosus or carolinianus. Looks hairy so perhaps it was the former.
I found a small portion of a variegated beautyberry. Which, smack my head, I forgot to take photos of the gorgeous violet berries! They are in full glory right now, too! I really think this bush had a virus as the rest of it had a yellowing/streaking thing going and this was the only part that was variegated well.
This spider web entranced me for a few minutes, but I still wasn’t able to capture the light in this area well.
Once I finished up around the lake I headed east down one of the dirt road/trails and then ditched off into what turned out to be a decent single-track leading to another dirt road/trail. I’ll share that and wrap up my explorations in the next post.
Ohh I love bladderwort, but only ever seen it floating in water. Neat that it can survive dry periods like that.