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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

9/23/13 Partridge and Ducktail Ponds

Yesterday it rained most of the day so we just did a short walk around the neighborhood. Today it is still cloudy,cool ( 50's) , and windy but it's not raining. Decided to Take the Partridge Pond Trail past where you turn off for the pond ; we did part of this the first time we were here because we missed the turn- there is now a sign.

Kelley was happy to be out in the woods after a day at home and I was also glad to be out. Still not a lot of color on the trees but we did find some interesting leaves and things about.

It doesn't have to be a lot of water

This is the one I had seen for the first time at Tilden the other day and now here is another

Once we passed the turn off for Partridge the trail stayed fairly close to the pond as we could see glimpses of water through the trees. In the area I had got to before we bushwhacked over to the pond but we were  not yet at the end of the pond.

I wanted a picture from the north end of the pond so we got back on the trail and continued. We came to a neat little camp- no road near it.

There was a path from the rear of the camp down to the pond but we found were still not at the end of the pond and Kelley couldn't get in the water there so we bushwhacked along the shore until we reached the end and I got my picture.

This is a pano so please click it for the large view

Partridge Pond N. End  9-23-13

And Kelley could get in the water

We continued to follow the trail until it became very wet and then turned back to  go to the other end of Partridge.

Leaf on  cloud lichen

An apple break at Partridge Pond

And then back to the trail to go to Ducktail.

Another interesting fungus

Ductail pano-- please click

Ducktail Pond  9-23-13

From there it was back down the trail to our car.This turned out to be an interesting hike with some exploring and bushwhacking- more to explore in drier weather.  2  3/4 hours


  1. Looks like you and Kelley found lots of interesting things on today's hike. Those berries look like huckleberries. Do you have those in Maine?

    1. Thanks Linda- I just did a search and it looks like you may be right about the berries. I always thought 'huckleberry' was another name for blueberry- live and learn.

  2. Nice pond pictures! Also, the plant with the berries is called Indian Cucumber

    1. Thank anon- apparently several plants ( Including one that looks like this one) are called 'Indian Cucumber'

  3. The plant with the berries is an Indian cucumber plant.

  4. I love that last fungus. Very cool looking.


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