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forestgnome
04-01-2009, 06:56 AM
Went for a quick hike after work up to some ledges seen over Puddin Pond, North Conway, which I beleive are on Middle Mtn. I parked on the North-South Rd. and skirted the southern edge of Puddin Pond and quickly found the real goal of my hike...bare ground!!!! I found a nice bare ridge that has tons of deer droppings which led right up to the ledges.

A roughed grouse hen high in a hemlock...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/32709078a.jpg


Further up the ridge the hemlocks and firs give way to beech and oaks. Microspikes work great on steep bare hardwood slopes, where leaves are almost as slippery as snow.

A young Barred Owl swooped onto a nearby branch as I was soaking up the sun and quietly listening to ravens...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/32709096a.jpg

Some vultures were circling an area just below the ledges to the north. I decided to see if I could find what it was on the way down...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/32709034a.jpg


nice views from these ledges, including Mt. Chocorua, the Moats and the Presidentials...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/32709038a.jpg




Two ravens were flying around together making some awesome noises. Flirting/mating? I also saw a piliated woodpecker fly by below the ledges through the hardwoods. It was cool to see one from above.

This raven was harassing(?) a hawk for about ten minutes. He kept flying up to the hawk and bumping him. The raven was making a gurgling noise and the hawk was lightly screeching. Brave or foolish?

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/32709103a.jpg


This was all great entertainment as I took a nice nap in the spring sun.

The pretty one-day-old Moon setting over Mt. Chocorua just after sunset...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/32709126a.jpg

happy trails :)

Bretton Woods Brat
04-01-2009, 08:09 AM
Nice, thanks for sharing. :)

KathyC
04-01-2009, 04:59 PM
Love the pictures, especially the owl and the moon over Mt. Chocorua.

Wasn't it too cold to be napping out doors though??

forestgnome
04-01-2009, 05:32 PM
Love the pictures, especially the owl and the moon over Mt. Chocorua.

Wasn't it too cold to be napping out doors though??

Nope. Hiked up in shorts and a t-shirt. Took off the t-shirt to catch some sun on pale winter skin :eek:. Just a slight wind out of the SW ;)

Jimmy Legs and Little d
04-02-2009, 11:41 AM
Took off the t-shirt to catch some sun on pale winter skin :eek:. Just a slight wind out of the SW ;)

Very nice pictures. Hope you used sunscreen;)