Sunday, February 19, 2012

Riverside Park, Week five

The last time we walked at Riverside was February 05, it was a beautiful day with sun and blue sky.  Mike, Tilly, and I went on this walk.  Riverside was open and no flooding on the road to the far end parking lot.

 This is the section of trail that soon we will see many spring wildflowers, Blood Root, Spring Beauty, Purple Cress, Wild Geranium, and many more.  But I can wait, this cool weather is just right.
 Ice fishermen on the little bit of ice on Bass Lake, yikes!  It took eight turns of their ice auger to get through the ice, so I guess they were OK.

 Bass Lake
Someone was fishing from a boat at the point where Bass Lake meets the Grand River.
 We found some great rocks!
 Tilly went for a swim, she is mostly Black Lab so she loves the water.  Look at her perfert form!  Ha Ha
Here is our Tilly the Oreo Princess...

 Trails were still flooded.
Looking down the Grand River, the sky was a  beautiful blue.
OK now I'm caught up on the Riverside Park visits.  It was fun to see the changes each week.  Fun place to walk.


New Hampshire Gardener said...

I'm amazed-it seems like every rock you pick up is full of sea shells. Does the river flood and wash them out of the soil or does frost bring them to the surface?

stratovolcano said...

The "Bass River" area where PlantsAmazeMe finds these rocks is a huge abandoned gravel pit. I think the many interesting rocks she finds there are part of the gravel deposit, which is likely part of a glacial deposit. What type of glacial deposit I don't know, but there are no rock outcrops in this area -- very few in lower Michigan. So these rocks were transported from somewhere relatively far away and deposited here...

Plants Amaze Me said...

Thanks for answering that one. :)

New Hampshire Gardener said...

That's interesting. Thank you. Here we have crystals like beryl, tourmaline and fluorite, but we have to break stones open to find them. Fossils are not found here often that I know of, so you're lucky to have them.

Plants Amaze Me said...

New Hampshire Gardener, Thanks for sharing that bit of information about the rocks, I didn't know that. Crystals like beryl, tourmaline and fluorite, those sound like neat rocks, do you collect any? Maybe I need a trip to New Hampshire!

New Hampshire Gardener said...

I don't collect anymore because the house and out buildings are full of rocks. (some question if my head isn't as well) I have to say that the rocks you have posted are great-I hope you're keeping them. They make a trip to Michigan very tempting, but I need to kick the rock Habit. You'd probably love New Hampshire.