I walk very carefully when I visit, not because of the muck (which is unavoidable), but because I don't want to step on too many plants. After all, there are a few endangered species in the mix. Luckily once I got in there I found a good elk trail and stuck to it.
This place is diverse. Big time. I found this great checklist online that's helping me identify things. Click on the checklist link for a full species survey of the area.
This is the Macloskey's violet, Viola macloskeyi
And nestled underneath those lovelies are Drosera rotundifolia (!). Tiny.
Much more subtle are these little spike rushes, Eleocharis pachycarpa.
The elk trail lead me back into the old spruce forest. There I saw an A-frame fort, coming along nicely.
And, the most "exotic" of native wildflowers, the elusive Calypso orchid, Calypso bulbosa. I do have a secret patch of these, but this one was all alone and nowhere near the patch.
It's named after Calypso, the beautiful blind enchantress from the Odyssey. She was secretive, and so is this little dragon of a flower; their blooms are unpredictable. While this lone plant in the dark forest had a bloom, my secret patch had none.