Week in the Woods (11 I 20)

Freezing temperatures gave way to an afternoon near 70 degrees on Saturday, ensuring that Cassie & I would find time to explore a few of our favorite trails. We had a good day hunting mushrooms & other interesting stuff!

I brought my macro lens into the woods again, something I just started doing but now feel I almost can’t do without. I’ve come to really enjoy it, and today got some fun shots of a few miniature beauties, such as these… I’m not sure whats. I’ll watch to see if they grow. Maybe they’re some sort of tooth fungus. I love their frilly lace hemline!

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Week in the Woods (5 I 20)

The weather was either cold or rainy much of the week, but my little explorer & I did make it out into the woods for a few hours of exploring.

The forest was looking a little beat up by the stuttering fits of Winter, but that doesn’t mean it lacked a measure of ragged glory.

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Week in the Woods (24 XII 19)

Winter Break has begun and that gives me more chances to get out hiking with Cassie. The cold which has enveloped us for many weeks broke right on time and left the woods a little soggy but full of interesting things to discover.

Look at these beauties. They’re pixie cap lichen, as far as I can tell. The tallest one is less than an inch tall. And here’s how I found them.

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Walk in the Woods

I meant to combine these pictures with some others, but the bitter cold has kept Cassie & me grounded for most of the last two weeks. Still, we found some cool stuff in the woods last week and I thought I’d share some of it with you.

A beautiful but invasive species of mushroom found in my area.

I think this toothy beauty is Radulodon copelandii, an Asian invasive that is spreading across the Northeast & Midwest.

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Once More in the Woods

Weather, lack of daylight, and life have severely limited the time my daughter & I have been in the forest lately, but we did get a bit of hiking in over the last week or so. Pennsylvania is stuck in a drab pre-Winter period, but it’s still a joy to hike through the ever-changing woods with Cassie.

Nature still shows a mossy splash of color on a late Fall hike in the forest.

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Week in the Woods (28X19)

It was a bit of a slow week in woods for Cassie & me, as rain and a busy schedule kept us grounded more than we would have liked. Still, we got a few good hikes in the cool Autumn air.

Colorful mushrooms discovered on a hike with my daughter.

We didn’t see anything as unusual as last week, but stumbled upon a few sprigs of beauty nonetheless. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (28X19)”

Week in the Woods (21 X 19)

We finally got a bit of rain, the weather was cool, and skies were blue overhead. The mushrooms were out again and the leaves showed some real Fall color at last.

Richly colored leaves fallen by the trail, spotted on a hike through Raccoon Creek State Park near Pittsburgh.

My daughter & I got out into the woods as often as we could, eager to take advantage of the last weeks of long days. Continue reading “Week in the Woods (21 X 19)”