8/17 at Historic Yates Mill, North Carolina
Boletes working together to push up a branch. 8/17 at Historic Yates Mill, North Carolina
I went for two hikes today, and none of my photos turned out that great, but I did get this video of a gross puffball that I think was too moist and old to puff out spores. Also it smelled like wet dog. (No need to unmute unless you want to hear me exclaim things.)
It’s been below 0°F for days, but today it finally reached a whopping 10° (albeit only 1° with windchill). I tested out my new coat from the thrift shop (it passed) and explored the area around the river in town. I saw an eagle and a few loons, as well as fox tracks in the snow. I long for the days when it’s warm enough to take my camera out, but I’m grateful to have such a wonderful slice of nature within walking distance.
Some people introduce themselves to their neighbors when they move to a new place – I, on the other hand, explore plant communities in the nearby forests. I’ve been back in Wisconsin for a few days, and today I finally got outside. I went to Baxter’s Hollow, which I’d been to just a few times before but recalled it had a lot of nooks and crannies that would be good for finding interesting communities on a sunny winter day. It exceeded my expectations – I was enchanted by the variety of lichens growing on boulders, the evergreen ferns tucked between rocks, the lush moss covering downed trees, and the gorgeous bluffs. I am excited to return on the next sunny day, though next time I’ll go early before the sun hides behind the western hills.