The Highest Point in the Town of Maryland, NY

By Carol at 9:31 pm on Thursday, June 19, 2008

This Tuesday our hike leaders, Scott and Doug, took us on a trek through misty, fern-laced woods to the highest point in their home town of Maryland.

Maryland woods

red eft

Scott rescued many of these tiny “red efts” from the trail. Red efts are eastern newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) in the second stage of life, the terrestrial juvenile stage. After two or three years as a red eft, the young newt will find a suitable pond and transform into the adult aquatic stage which is olive green with red outlined spots.

crooked tree

This ancient deformed tree stands in the younger forest, overlooked by past logging expeditions.

colorful beetle

After the hike, we had a tour of Scott and Doug’s four acre spread, including a vegetable garden, meadow and woodland garden. This colorful beetle was perched on a red elderberry tree.

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