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Bond via Bondcliff, July 8, 2006


After a bit more than a year I'd forgotten just how boring the Wilderness Trail is, and figured the 20-mile hike to Bond would make for good exercise with good views at the end. The weather was hot, humid, and hazy, not so great for photography or hiking.
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you should see an image here A red squirrel peeks out of a hollow tree. Cropped version
you should see an image here The squirrel is not so clear on the concept of "hiding."
you should see an image here Balsam fir, abies balsamica, easily identified by its upward-pointing cones.
you should see an image here A White Admiral butterfly on some fir branches. Cropped version
you should see an image here A view to Mt Garfield from Bondcliff.
you should see an image here A view over Bondcliff's un-named southern peak showing further peaks (Hancock and Osceola?) disappearing in the haze.
you should see an image here Approaching the cliffs that give Bondcliff its name, with Bond in the distance.
you should see an image here A sample of the vegetation at treeline, with a small stone cairn for scale.
you should see an image here The mountain sandwort was blooming everywhere you looked.
you should see an image here Mt Carrigain in the haze.
you should see an image here The classic view of the ledge on Bondcliff with Bond in the background.
you should see an image here Bondcliff, Bond, and West Bond.
you should see an image here More dwarf trees on Bondcliff, with a hiker for scale.
you should see an image here A mostly-dead bit of krummholz.
you should see an image here Near the summit of Bond, a view back to Bondcliff.
you should see an image here From the top of Bond you can see a mysterious bald spot on Bond's low eastern shoulder. Also in this shot you can see how Whitewall Mountain got its name; the Willey Range behind it; and Mt Washington just barely discernable on the horizon.
you should see an image here I was hoping that the haze would lift and make Carrigain more visible. I think the opposite occured.
you should see an image here Beginning the return trip, a view down to Bondcliff.
you should see an image here An eastern tiger swallowtail (papilio glaucus) feasting on mountain sandwort nectar
you should see an image here Butterfly and mountain sandwort again
you should see an image here Here you can see damage to the butterfly's hind wings.
you should see an image here A shot in which you can see the butterfly's proboscis
you should see an image here OK, so I got a little shutter-happy with this butterfly...
you should see an image here Last photo of this butterfly.
you should see an image here This is a different eastern tiger swallowtail - see how there's less damage to the wings?
you should see an image here A White Admiral (limenitis artemis) looking for moisture under the leaf litter.
you should see an image here Same butterfly from the rear.
you should see an image here Look closely and you can see lots of tiny flies attracted to this mushroom.
you should see an image here Interesting white fungi.
you should see an image here Owl's Head reflected in Black Pond.

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