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.
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.
I think this toothy beauty is Radulodon copelandii, an Asian invasive that is spreading across the Northeast & Midwest.
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.
Though most of the week was unseasonably hot, reaching nearly ninety degrees Fahrenheit, Fall arrived at last this past weekend. Long sleeves and wonderfully brisk air in the forest made my hikes with Cassie extra fun.