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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  1. I have no idea what that flower is but it's quite beautiful! You and your mushrooms.... I'm learning so much! :) Great pics, Susan!

    1. Thanks, Courtney! You've known for a long time that I was weird. This should not come as a shock!


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