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Thursday, November 21, 2013

11/20/13 Piney Knoll Conservation Area - formerly Marsh Island

A late start so we headed to nearby Orono. What was once Marsh Island Natural Area is now Piney Knoll Conservation Area with a new map. The old map was sometimes confusing for us and the new map continues to be so, and it's harder to read. I have not marked out our route as the middle on the outward bound section is a little hazy ( some new paint blazes but also sections with both blue and red flagging. - simple signs at intersections would make things easier)  coming back we did not get off track. We started at the Hillside Ave. entrance and went to the Penobscot. River and back. Kelley was happy in the woods and  tolerant of my missteps.

Some things we saw

Still some leaves in late November

Ducks were too far away for a good picture


The river looked high even though streams are low

Queen Anne's Lace- one of my favorite plants to photograph

A pleasant 2 hour outing- a bit cool but supposed to be warmer tomorrow.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Linda- surprising there are any left

    2. We cross country ski there and have also enjoyed walking the trails. I agree, a GPS would be recommended. Meg L.

  2. Thanks for commenting ,Meg. I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds it somewhat confusing.

  3. Love the leaf and river shots!

  4. The Queen Ann's Lace is so pretty and delicate.

    1. Thank you Kim- it's one of my favorites and I have taken many pictures of the plant in all seasons.


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