Timberland Swamp Trees: Twisted, bent, snapped and downed.
|One of the many windthrows of the Timberland Swamp Nature Sanctuary|
All photos by Jonathan Schechter
The Timberland Swamp Nature Sanctuary is a backwoods wilderness in Oakland County's
Springfield Township. The sanctuary is operated by the Michigan Nature Association and is
the surviving remnant of a massive swampland.
Today's blog is a photo supplement for the Oakland Outdoors trail story column in the
January 29th edition of The Oakland Press.
Never wise to hike here on a windy day!
A tree with many arms!
One of many den trees.
And at the base of many trees: Snow fleas!
These tiny creatures are offically called Springtails and are not fleas. They are
tiny insects with the uncanny ability to jump with a spring-like appendage that unfolds
and launches them great distances. They feed on decaying organic matter on warm winter days.
And in late January her swamplands, streams and reflecting puddles are still not frozen.