I'm not sure how many people from this area know about Malloryville, and the von Engeln Preserve in our area. Malloryville is between Freeville and McLean. The von Engeln Preserve is owned by the Nature Conservancy and is a wetland and some very interesting Glacial Features.
This photo is the trail that traverses over the Esker that is part of the preserve. An esker is a ridge of gravel that was formed as the glaciers melted. The tunnels underneath the glaciers deposited the gravel. There are not a lot of eskers left in that they made excellent places to get gravel.
Another feature of the preserve is a bog that hosts a lot of pitcher plants. The bog is very acidic. Pitcher plants trap insects in the tube like structures and absorb the nitrogen by digesting the insects.
It's a short hike, and is a great place to relax. Be prepared for mosquitoes.
- Once again I realized that there are many photo opportunities for nature in the immediate area.
- I took advantage of the lesson I learned at the train trestle, and made sure that I set the camera to a focal length of 17 to give the photo more depth.