Sunday, September 13, 2015

Euclid Creek Reservation (9/7&13/2015)

Monday, September 7, 2015
Happy Labor Day!
We took a walk with the dog, Gus, to the new north expansion of Euclid Creek Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks system. This includes former state properties of Wildwood Park on the east bank of Euclid Creek as it empties into Lake Erie, Villa Angela Park on the west bank, and Euclid Beach Park.
Euclid Creek heading for Lake Erie
Wildwood Marina in Wildwood Park
Boat ramp in Wildwood Park
Villa Angela Beach at Villa Angela Park
No swimming at the beach!
For 2015 they cleared a tiny section for swimming.
Euclid Beach Park pier
Euclid Beach Park is a former amusement park, with very few remnants.
Euclid Beach Park foundation for the swing ride over a round pool
Euclid Beach Park walkway
Gus knew that dog wasn't real!
Earlier we had passed the former entrance to the amusement park.
Euclid Beach Park Arch

Sunday, September 13, 2015
A rainy day turned into a sunny one, so we took Gus for a walk in the regular old Euclid Creek Reservation.
The trail was also a parcours
Juglans nigra/Black Walnut in husk
Euclid Creek
Many old concrete pylons in the creek
Dolichovespula maculata/Bald-faced Hornet nest
Helianthus decapetalus/Thinleaf Sunflower
Natural weir
Kent showing the height of the Chagrin shale cliff,
topped by Cleveland shale 
Quercus rubra/Red Oak acorns
Fagus grandifolia/American Beech nut husks
This was a hike for nuts!

More nuts and seeds from the Shaker Heights neighborhood.
Based on the leaf: Quercus palustris/Pin Oak acorns
Quercus macrocarpa/Bur Oak acorns
Quercus bicolor/Swamp White Oak acorns?
Carya cordiformis/Bitternut Hickory nut with husk
Pyrus calleryana/Bradley Pear fruit/seeds
An unusual tree: Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Rotundiloba’/
Roundleaf Sweetgum, a fruitless tree
Sophora japonica/Japanese Pagoda Tree fruit

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