NH expedition to the raised bog Bolshoe
In August, 26 the raised bog Bolshoe was visited by NH team. Our biointelligence troop consisted of team leader and biologist Maxim, carto- and photographer Mike and special guest Ilia. He's a chemical guru from Atlantniro.
At first, what is a raised bog in common sense? If you think that it's a big muddy puddle you are wrong. There is no dirt, no angry spirits of water or something like else. This is a Kingdom of silence, calmness, and beauty built upon the colorful carpet of sphagnum. If you want to understand the Nature in all aspects you should visit a raised bog.
At second, what is a Bolshoe? It means a big. And this is a truth. We've figured out that the bog's area is about 4 sq. kilometers, the perimeter is over 10 kilometers. You can even see it on overview map of whole Kaliningrad region.
So, let's do a virtual visit to the bog via our photo-report.
Initially, the weather wasn't favoring for our mission but natural philosophers aren't afraid a rain, nor strong wind, nor even snow.
Several times we had to cross deep channels. Don't worry, no one fell and no one was hurt. We are very cautious researchers.
Unlike the raised bog, lowland bog is a really muddy puddle. This is not Peppa Pig in slop but our coordinator of the project Maxim. By the way, he immediately found in this puddle a rare species of duckweed. The ducks were disappointed and flew away.
Yet another researcher Mike. It's me. In this expedition, I made photos and collected GPS-points for the future map. Later, I used GIS and Photoshop to process raw field data. Some of the results you can see in this article.
We almost came. Look at the ground. This dense green carpet is a moss named sphagnum. It means that the bog is somewhere near.
It's a very interesting plant. In the years of wars, it used as antiseptic for curing wounds. Also, sphagnum in peat form is a great fuel. You can even buy peat briquettes, put them into your fireplace and enjoy. But peat extraction industry is not very helpful for raised bogs and ecology. Also, sphagnum is a valuable eco-material for construction.
Do not confuse bog blueberry with ordinary blueberry. This is a different plant. Bog blueberry, blueberry, and red bilberry give us a great opportunity to increase the concentration of vitamins in our weak nerd bodies. Bog berries for botanists are like steroids for sportsmen.
Well, we arrived at the target spot of our expedition. This is raised bog — the complicated compound biosystem. At the mechanics level, it's a hummock-ridge complex. It's too hard to explain by words what the raised bog is. You have to walk here, fall in water holes, eat acid cranberry, and breathe in a heady aroma of marsh tea. So, what are you waiting for?
Also, a bog is a place where chemistry meets biology. In the photo: a very close cooperation between biologist Maxim and chemist Ilia. Conception of a new scientific article.
Initially, cranberry has a pretty shitty taste but after first ground frosts the taste significantly change and cranberry becomes a delicious and valuable product.
Another rare species in Kaliningrad region — rannoch-rush (Scheuchzeria palustris L).
We walked аlong and across the Bolshoe all day and enjoyed the virgin nature. But the evening came and we had to back home. The bog said goodbye to us via delightful sunset.