Imagine stepping into a world of eternal twilight and deep silence where the earth is not quite firm and carnivorous plants lurk on iridescent green ground. It’s as if you’ve entered a zone beyond recorded time. Such a place is not far. Welcome to Black Spruce Bog in Cornwall’s Mohawk State Forest.
More common to our north in colder areas, bogs are rare in Connecticut, found mostly in the state’s northwest. Acidic wetlands with precipitation the sole source of water, bogs are nutrient poor and dominated by sphagnum mosses that accumulate as peat rather than decompose. Able to hold water fifteen to twenty times its weight, peat moss is used as a soil amendment by gardeners, the closest most of us get to a bog. Often called “quaking” bogs, a mat of vegetation generally grows over water, causing surface undulations when stepped upon, like a waterbed.