~ASBURY WOODS~

I took my camera into Asbury Woods and walked along Walnut Creek for a bit. It was a beautiful day for a walk.
The Walnut Creek Watershed formed over 12,000 years ago when the flow a glacial stream to the north was halted by a glacier sitting in what is now the Lake Erie basin. The creek was forced west around the glacier face then allowed to turn back north to the lake. Because of this there are no tributaries flowing into Wlanut Creek from the north.
The creek drains over 24,000 acres in five townships in Erie County. The mani stream is about 22 miles long.
A watershed or drainage area is a land area from which surface runoff water drains into a larger body of water. They have diverse habitats which are home to a wide range of organisms such as birds, insects, plants, fish and mammals.
Come, walk with me through Asbury Woods.



At first glance Asbury Woods looks like any other woods one might find in the northeastern United States. But inside there are other things besides hardwood trees and pines.

A marshy area with cattails

Dozens of different wild flowers grow here


Trees fall where they will and no one is there to hear. A mucky, nearly dry stream headed for the creek.


These vines are found all over the county. I believe they are wild grape, but I've never seen a grape on one. When we were young we would play Tarzan using these vines to swing from tree to tree behind my mother's house.


Here are a couple of muddy streams flowing down to Walnut Creek. It's been fairly dry lately so not a lot of water is flowing. Spring is the best time with winter runoff filling these streams and the creek bed to capacity.


This is Big Maple. It's a great tree with its twisty-turny branches. It looks like a tree on its last leg, but looking up into the center you can see it's still very green at the upper extremities.

Looking up into Big Maple

Don't know what it is, but I liked it


On left a couple of vines hanging from two trees. Their life connection to the ground long since cut off. On the right a group of vines still growing and hugging thier tree for stability.


Trail bikers and dog walkers frequent the trail through Asbury Woods. Queen Anne's Lace and an abundance of wild flowers grow here.

The creek bed with its layered shale walls

There are five fish along the rocks


Looking downstream from where I entered the creek bed. A closer look shows that someone may have tried to dam the creek with rocks. We tried that, when we played in Mill Creek in the neighborhood where I grew up.

Two bees working over a flower

A nearly petrified tree stump


There are many homes along the border of Asbury Woods. This is a fairly high priced area and the homes were too large for any family to which I've belonged. On the right is a bridge spanning Walnut Creek. It is dedicated to Admiral Curtze and his wife for their significant contributions to preserve the Asbury Woods Greenway.

Wild flowers

Everywhere

Another of the homes near Asbury Woods

The water level was really low


Mossy logs and ferns are everywhere in Asbury Woods. They give it a pre-historic look.


When I reached a point along the trail where I had to go either up or up, I decided to turn around and head back.


I encountered more mossy logs and a couple of girls wading in the shallow water near the bridge.


I saw hundreds of acorns like this on from the abundance of Oak trees in the woods. As I left the woods I saw a family picnic. It was a Thursday and I wondered why they would have a picnic mid-week.


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