Update 11/5

Posted in Uncategorized on November 5, 2018 by aswiatow

Since my last visit to Centennial Brooke, the trees have lost many more leaves than I anticipated. The ground is covered in leaf litter from the variety of deciduous trees surrounding the area, making the ground a whole shade lighter. The ferns are still very vibrantly green, so I find myself wondering about their tolerance to cold and what will happen come frost. There were many birds chirping above me, in a variety of tones and patterns. The Brooke’s water has extended much further into the ravine than when I was here last. I expect that it will extend even closer to the tree-line as the rainy season takes full effect. The wildflowers around the inner bank wetland have all begun to die out. I expect that next time I return the changes will be even more drastic.


Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2018 by aswiatow

The weather has lead to a plethora of leaf litter throughout the main embankment of the stream where my exact spot is located. Across Centennial Brook, the Red Osier Dogwood leaves have turned brown, but many still have yet to fall.The Interrupted Ferns along the slope of the embankment are still green. The wildflowers are still alive, and I suspect they will begin to die by my next visit.

Next to Centennial Brook

Posted in Uncategorized on October 8, 2018 by aswiatow

My location can be found in Centennial Woods next to Centennial Brook. To get here, you enter the woods from the main entrance. You continue down the marked paths and bridges until you reach the first hill which leads up towards the tree with barbed wire growing out of it. Instead of going up this hill, you take the trail which leads around it and veers off to the left. You stop when you reach the area closest to where the path meets the Centennial Brook. I like how this area feels tucked away yet still has open space and water.
There are a variety of species living within this area. Some common trees were Sugar Maples, Eastern Hemlocks, and Red Osier Dogwoods. Ferns grew in large clumps, I catalogued the Intermediate Wood Fern and the Interrupted Fern. Along the waterline featured in my picture there are a variety of low-lying plants. The most frequent was Common Jewelweed, which sprawled across much of the open space on the ground. Some others were Oriental Bittersweet and Common Buckthorn.

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