It was a tough one out there this week. The leaves haven’t turned yet, but Summer’s standouts are long gone. Mushrooms are scarce, as we’ve had little rain. We didn’t entirely strike out, though!
I found these odd beauties on a pine log. It looked like someone had wadded their bubble gum on the moss!
Lovely young chickens might make a meal in a few days.
And this gorgeous hen I left as well, hoping to let it grow for a day or two. It’s a calculated risk, as I might lose it to insects or another mushroom hunter, but it was just a little shy of my bringing it home.
This stately fellow retained some of his brilliance. I wish I knew what this one is.
Speaking of holding on, this jack in the pulpit retained his brilliant cluster of berries even as his leaves yellowed.
But Autumn was definitely asserting itself and the woods were looking more modest. For the moment. In a week or two the Fall foliage, which is stunning in my part of the country, will turn the forest into a riot of color. Stay tuned as I try to capture some part of that remarkable transformation.