Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Exploring up the Coast
Photos: August 7, 2016
We drove up the coast to Flowers Cove. It was a short hike, over the bridge, which was erected about 100 years ago, to see something that can only be seen in a few places in the world.
These are thrombolites. To quote the sign nearby "These are critically endangered microbial structures. Thrombolites-building micro-organisms resemble the earliest forms of life on earth." It seems they exist in Australia as well.
They feel like rock.
All along the path and even amid some of the thrombolites, there are wild flowers. They thrive amid the rocks.
I think these are beach peas.
Newfoundland is dotted with lakes and ponds. Some just seem to sit in a grassy area in a flat meadow, field or bog. Many have not even trees around them.
We went walking on White Stones trail which led to this area with limestone blocks. In the cracks a variety of plants grew but due to the lack of nutrients, they were stunted. There are flowers that grow in parts these poor soil conditions that do not grow elsewhere.
Little ecosystems thrived in small spaces.
Trees which may be many years old, barely grow. Their branches may have life only on the very tips.
This is a tree growing horizontally instead of vertically, totally stunted, but still alive.
We spotted lichen and mosses growing together.