In these days of confinement and anxiety it’s been comforting to get outside even a little bit. I thought I’d share some pictures from the last few weeks, which saw Winter slowly loosening its grip on my area, even as we all hunkered down.
My wife spotted this stick snake on the short trail near our house. I love its goofy nose. Now we check for it each time we walk by.
Cassie & I were able to hit the trails for the first time in weeks yesterday. Lately it’s been either dry and cold or warm and wet, but never nice enough for a good hike. Our excursion was great fun, even though the woods were pretty drab. Here are a few of our finds!
Having forgotten on two occasions to hand this over to my mother, I finally gave her something special I’ve been sitting on for many weeks.
Mom is a talented artist who is making time to do more and more drawing in recent months, so I gave her a blank journal to house her illustrations, writing, and other creative or personal output. Like her son, she nurtures interests in Nature, mushrooms, weird natural shapes & textures, and more in her art. To push her a little in that direction, I added the above turkeytails to the first page with an inscription. I had fun making it and even more when I finally got the chance to let it go.
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!
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.