Monday, September 10, 2012

Mushrooms of September

Here are some of the mushrooms I have spied over the last few days. 
After an exceedingly hot and dry summer, it has cooled a bit and has even rained some.

For the first time in ages, I'm linking with Lisa'a Chaos for Macro Monday.


Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm still here!

I took this shot the other day from across a table poolside. I love dragonflies and this pool always has them in abundance!

Hope you're having a great summer!


Monday, March 12, 2012

The end of winter

While we haven't really had winter this year, even that attempt at winter seems to be losing its hold on Shakerag. I don't recall a winter that didn't produce at least one snow. This winter, we had one afternoon of snow that was gone in about four hours. That suits me just fine, but I do not look forward to all the ticks this warm winter will produce.

So here are some random photos from this extremely mild winter.

A tree in bloom at the park

Redbud about to bloom with the Bald Eagle in the background at the Nature Station at LBL.

The eagle from the Nature Station

The little red phase Screech Owl also at the Nature Station

White Pelicans at the dam

More lovely White Pelicans

Black Vultures at the dam 

Hematite Lake

It was a mild, pleasant winter. 

Now I'm ready for spring!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tuesday in the park

Well, the groundhog may have seen his shadow, but plants, animals, and fungi around here sure think it is early spring. Earlier this week, we had the chance to take the kids to a park. 
These photos are part of what I found.

Does anyone know what the flower below is? It is quite small and grows in the woods. 
I haven't been able to identify it.

Below is one of my all-time favorite trees. It's a favorite of my mom's as well. 
It was my grandmother's favorite tree, too. I love it.

I don't know if I am more taken with the moss or the roots.
Decisions, decisions!

The photo doesn't do it justice, but the moss was aglow.

Why, yes, I did photograph mushrooms! How did you guess?
I don't know what these are, except pretty. Of that I am sure.

See the mushrooms in the next picture? They are red.

I think they are Sarcoscypha coccinea. They are commonly known as Scarlet Cups or, 
more fancifully, as Scarlet Elf Caps. 

In the guides, these are listed as an early spring mushroom. How exciting!

As always, feel free to click on any picture for a closer look.
Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

The man they left behind

While at the park this week, I was looking around the base of a tree (for mushrooms, of course) and found this lone cowboy. He was standing his ground, waiting for reinforcements that never arrived.
He was a sobering note on an otherwise beautiful, sunny, warm day.
Poor little guy.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Land Between the Lakes

The weather has been wonderfully and unseasonably warm.
Until this week. Today's high barely made it above freezing.

I did have a chance to go to Land Between the Lakes
And I take any chance I get when it comes to visiting LBL.
It was too cold to do much, but I did take a few pictures.

On our way to Hematite Lake, we saw the largest herd of Fallow Deer I have ever seen.
There were about 25 deer.
Fallow Deer are not native to this area. They were introduced for hunting.
Now, many of them live happily throughout Land Between the Lakes.

I thought this exposed root was cool looking.

The thrill of the trip was on the way home. As we drove north on the trace toward home,
I spied a Barred Owl sitting in a tree near the road.

 He (or she) was beautiful in the late afternoon sun. He seemed to be dozing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Yesterday was a lovely, warm, sunny day. 
The kids, the dog, and I had a wonderful time playing in the woods. 

 The kids and the dog played in the creek.

Anything that gets Copper in the water is a fun game for him.

He even likes to retrieve rocks. Silly dog.

I found mushrooms to photograph. 

 I strongly suspect these are Deadly Galerina 
(Galerina marginata, previously known as "Galerina autumnalis").

 According to the Wiki article, Galerina means helmet-like.

I think they are pretty little things, even if they are quite poisonous.

Nothing makes me smile in the winter quite like the 
greens of mosses and lichens.

I even found some oyster mushrooms which didn't photograph well, but tasted pretty darn good.

Yesterday was a lovely finish to a good year.
Today, on the other hand is cold, windy, and gray. 
It's not my favorite kind of day.

But we are a day closer to spring!

-Shakerag Susan