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Eshqua Bog

Simply Beautiful

Eshqua Bog Volunteer Steward Susan Greenberg took this photo of a showy lady's slipper bud at the bog on June 9, 2011. The orchids are just beginning to open.

Bunchberry begins to bloom at Eshqua Bog in early to mid-June.

White admirals often grace the ferns and flowers of Eshqua Bog, a rich wetland of diverse plant and animal species.

The Nature Conservancy and the New England Wildflower Society share ownership of Eshqua Bog and invite visitors to enjoy this beautiful spot.

The showy lady's slipper (Cypripedium reginae) appears in the hundreds at Eshqua Bog each spring, a stunning display of color and beauty.

Dean and Susan Greenberg are long-time volunteer stewards at Eshqua Bog Natural Area.

Volunteer Steward Dean Greenberg trims along the 200-foot boardwalk at Eshqua Bog.

The trail and boardwalk help protect the bog plants while encouraging managed public use.

Round-leaved sundew can be seen in June at Eshqua Bog.

Eshqua Bog is "a treasure of Vermont flora," says the New England Wildflower Society. This bog is technically a rich fen, a wet depression at the base of a steep hill from which lime-rich groundwater seeps.

In spring, this 40.8-acre natural area is full of color, texture, shapes and scents.

It's important to keep the boardwalk in top condition, particularly for the throngs who arrive in peak orchid season in mid June. Many camera buffs set up their tripods along the boardwalk that transects the wetland and take multiple shots of the blooms.

Graceann Ridlon, a member of the Hartland Nature Club, sought the help of Vermont State Director Bob Klein to conserve the bog. The Nature Conservancy and the New England Wildflower Society bought the property in 1990 -- and every year hundreds of people are inspired by its exquisite beauty.

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