Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Walk in the Woods

The weather here has been cold and rainy for weeks. Eleven of the first sixteen days of October yielded over seven inches - the average for the entire month of October is only 1.6 inches! So, needless to say, we have been cooped up in the house for way too long. The sun finally showed it face yesterday, so we bundled up the whole family and hit the woods.
The air was a bit brisk, but the fall colors were really nice!
forest in autumn
Because of all the rain, we saw lots of mushrooms and other fungi, like these Turkey Tail Fungus.
Turkey Tail Fungus growing on a tree
And these little brown mushrooms growing right out of a rotting log.
little brown mushroom growing out of a rotting log
We also found lots of colonies of the very neat plant called a walking fern, because where ever the leaf tips touch the moist ground a new colony will start to grow. Thus the name 'walking fern'. A very cool little plant.
tiny Walking Fern growing in moss

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