Elizabeth and I went for another of our off-road walks in the woods the other day. Fortunately, she took her camera along with us.
Usually when I go into the North Sector, I’m on patrol. I don’t take a lot of time to view the scenery. I’m too busy chasing bad guys. I had a tough time walking through on a lead. I was distracted by lingering scents, and sounds of potential intruder activities were drifting across a nearby bay. Relaxing was a bit of a challenge.
At one point, Elizabeth had to stop and untangle me and some trees. While she was busy, I just happened to look somewhere I’d never looked before.
Just take a look at this:
I asked Elizabeth if we could take it home. I even said please.
She said no, it was much too heavy to move.
She told me it was an ‘erratic’ left behind by a glacier that covered this area a long time ago during the last Ice Age. It may have been carried from a long, long way away before it dropped out of the thawing glacier about – get this – 10,000 years ago. That’s human years, not dog years.
Those were the days, eh? Imagine. An Ice Age. Sounds wonderful!
I could tell that the boulder has been there for a while because the moss on top has taken a long, long time to grow. But Elizabeth pointed out something else that you might find interesting: the plants growing out of the moss on top were some of our most prehistoric, too.
Ferns don’t have flowers, so they don’t produce seeds like most of the other plants we’ve shown you this summer. They are sort of like mushrooms and fungi in that they use spores to reproduce. And these ferns were busy making lots of spores. They had them all stored up in special cases. Elizabeth took a photo so you could see:
You can be sure I have noted the location of this erratic for future visits. I must try it out one day when I just need to take a little watchful rest time….