Tenquille Lake Tempations

I actually did some work while helping with the Pemberton Wildlife Association cleanup on the Tenquille Trail but there were many sights that caused me to pause and take pictures instead.
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Distraction number one was a male Blue Grouse, whose loud “whoot whoot” beckoned from far away. He sat on a rock while we passed and gave us all something to talk about. One volunteer mentioned that he and his friends had tormented a newcomer to the woods with the idea that this booming noise was made by bears.
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Calypso Orchids-otherwise known as Lady’s Slippers, Fairy Slippers or Hider of the North provided the next diversion.  It is a delight to catch sight of this deep pink colour in the predominantly green world of the forest.
A third disruption of the brushing task was caused by False Morels (or that’s what I think they might be.)  These homely bumps by the side of the trail proved even more entertaining when I read about them and their close relations in Mushrooms Demystified.  Words like sinister, gregarious, solitary, minutely velvety and solitary were not what I expected to find in a description of mushrooms.
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Of course, there were many more possible distractions from the work but I noted them for later; besides, now that the trail has been cleared it will be that much easier to return for more photos.
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