I previously posted Part I of my Adirondack Foray with Bruce Behan. When I left off, we had completed the first half of our second (of three) days of botanizing. After leaving Spring Pond Bog, we traveled to the 900-acre Clintonville Pine Barrens, where we only had a few hours of remaining daylight to explore this unique Pitch Pine-Heath Barren community.
|Clintonville Pine Barrens|
|Cypripedium acaule f. albiflora|
|Gadway Sandstone Pavement Barrens Preserve|
|Wet spot on the sandstone pavement|
|Jack Pine-Heath Barrens community at Gadway Sandstone Pavement Barrens Preserve|
The final botanical destination on our foray left us just steps away from the US-Canadian border, as we visited The Gulf Unique Area in Clinton County. At this interesting New York State Department of Conservation site we wandered through Swamp Forest, Mixed Mesic Upland Forest, Sedge Meadow, and Dry Upland Coniferous Forest.
|Swamp at Gulf Unique Area|
Driving back to our cabin to spend our last night in the Adirondacks, Bruce and I made one last stop to see the "Grand Canyon of the East," Ausable Chasm, in Clinton and Essex counties. This magnificent sandstone gorge has formed as a result of more than 500 million years of glacial movements followed by the Ausable River carving out a channel as it leads into Lake Champlain. The result is a 2 mile long, 150 foot deep New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Unique Geologic Feature.