Peninsula Trail

swamp rose mallow

Mary Lee Epps

Bench 4. Pond

The view here is of a small pond, created as silt continues to be deposited near the tip of the peninsula. In mid-summer look for the huge, pink, hibiscus-like blooms of the bushy, herbaceous swamp mallow on the far side of the pond. There is also an elderberry bush growing near the bench, which bears flat clusters of small, black berries in the late summer. The fruit is enjoyed by many song birds and mammals including rabbits, red foxes, ground hogs, and other rodents. Watch for tracks.

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