Into an Icy Canyon


Another terrific picture gram from NHS!!

New Hampshire Garden Solutions

Regular readers might be getting tired of seeing this part of the New Hampshire rail trail system north of Keene but I never get tired of exploring here because I never know what I’m going to find. There are mosses, lichens, and liverworts here that I don’t see anywhere else so last week, after a nuisance snowstorm of 2 or 3 inches, I decided to see what I could find. The ice formations alone make this a worthwhile trip.

 1. Rail Trail

I think the reason all of the unusual plants grow so well here is because of the all of the groundwater that constantly seeps from the stone cliff faces. Mosses, lichens and liverworts don’t have roots so they depend on rain, snowmelt, and groundwater for their nutrients. In the winter the groundwater that helps them survive also freezes into huge, interesting ice formations and there are many people who come…

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4 thoughts on “Into an Icy Canyon

  1. Janet January 1, 2014 / 10:23 am

    Loved the icy canyon piece. Like another world. Have you walked there.

    • fictionfitz January 1, 2014 / 10:52 am

      Hi Janet, happy new year! I have not walked there, but would love to……in the spring. :>)

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions January 1, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Thanks for another reblog. It’s a great place to walk in the winter if you have yak trax or some other means of preventing your slipping on the ice.

    • fictionfitz January 2, 2014 / 5:40 am

      Hey, I just bought my first pair of boots after eighteen winters in NH.

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