Shreve Branch - An Attempt to Revisit

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  1. Rooftree

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    Well; my outing in the Pines today didn't go as planned. It hasn't been the first time. My objective was to explore a portion of the Shreve Branch where I had discovered remnants of several old corduroy roads and bridge foundations on my last visit back in April of 2011. First I had to transverse the dike at Long Causeway to the far end, crossing two chiclet bridges, and then follow a road leading to the south side of Shreve Branch. At that point I had to bushwhack in toward the stream. I tried four access points, but failed on all. The catbrier must have grown tenfold since my last visit 7 years ago. The stuff got the best of me. I was disappointed that I couldn't revisit those old structures today. When I find an old structure made by man that can go back 100 to 150 years ago, I pause and think awhile what took place back when. And a very few get to see it today.

    Once I got down to business trying to bust my way through catbrier, my camera gets lost in my pocket; therefore I didn't take as many photos as usual. But I believe I have enough to make this post somewhat interesting. The last three photos were taken back in 2011, which I didn't get a chance to revisit today.

    In the end, a day in the Pines, is always a good day.


    Looking out toward the reservoir at Long Causeway.
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    Hey Bob, I need an ID I believe this is a rush in the genus, Juncus. The spikelet is larger and more rounded then what I've seen to date. (Not the best picture)
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    Looking out from the right side of the reservoir back toward the dike.
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    Another roller coaster road as I mentioned in my previous post. You just can't get the right perspective.
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    At one access point I was able to bypass the catbrier, but I didn't want to go in here,
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    The Chiclet Bridge. It's letting water from the reservoir to pass through the dike and into an old cranberry bog. See the Chiclets?
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    An old weir. It was to regulate the flow of water from the reservoir into the bogs. Only the chiclet bridges are used today that this location.
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    This photo and the next two is what I wanted to see today, They were taken on April 20, 2011.
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  2. bobpbx

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    This is likely Juncus canadensis Ron. It can look different sometimes.
     
  3. Rooftree

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    Thanks Bob, it certainly looked different then the other rushes that were near by, that I thought were J canadensis.
     
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    There is a Juncus scirpoides that it could be, but I lean towards J. canadensis until I see a seed.
     
  5. Toothy Critter

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    Is that the spillway on Baptist Road? Are you in Franklin Parker? If so, I always thought that section was the Shoal, that the Shreve dumped into it just upstream at the head of the tank. Please excuse me if I am wrong. And the Shoal then leads to the Haines bogs? One of my prime fishing spots . Caught my personal best there this past March.
     
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    Critter; you are correct on all counts. I also have done well fishing there over the years.
     
  7. Toothy Critter

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    They cleared the brush on the sides of Baptist Road and dumped them into the tank. Makes it difficult to get in to fish from the shoreline now.:mad: