Saturday, July 13, 2013

Allegany State Park: Program Site 62, Bridal Falls

I have been to Allegany quite a few times in the winter, but have not really explored other areas outside of what I already know. This time, along with my husband on our one year anniversary outing to Allegany, he suggested we try what looked like a small trail off of a pull off along Route 1 in the park. Located at Program Site 62, this is what we later came to find out was where Bridal Falls is located. As soon as we hit the trail, I knew this was going to be good. The forest was prime for fungus, moss, lichens, and other bryophyte friends. I just love that stuff. What's more...there was a lovely creek and a waterfall. Everyone loves waterfalls.

Some young Coral Fungus
Bridal Falls 

I love this crap. Could peer into it all day. Moss and fungus and their allies are something that fascinate more than most things, and oddly I feel  little need to classify and identify it like everything else out there. I just like to enjoy it. I say that knowing that I am anxiously awaiting a shipment of books on bryophytes, moss, and lichens  that I was long overdue on ordering. I guess deep down I am always on a "need to know" basis with the forest. 

For more on the trail and Bridal Falls...
here is a nice nugget on Scott Ensminger's web site Falzguy
and another on WNYTrails

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