Thursday, November 5, 2015

Moss girl of West Virginia

These are some photos from my short walk at Rolling Ridge Foundation. I love to get close inside these miniature worlds.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Winter walk along the Shenandoah River

This afternoon I decided to take a walk along the Shenandoah River since it was so nice out.  Right away I found a branch with several gouty oak galls caused by Callirhytis guercus punctata, at least I think that was what it was.

Nearby was Exidia nigricans, Black Jelly Fungus which is similar to Whitche's butter only black.

I expected to find Ebony Spleenwort, Aspleinium platyneuron, but most of them were very dried out. They remind me of Christmas Fern mimi-me’s.

I didn't expect to see a winter stonefly. In fact I don’ think I have ever paid much attention to them before but when it is the only think moving besides leaves I tend to notice. This one was Strophopteryx fasciata, and Early Brown Stonefly. My field guide said they are found near rivers and streams in late winter on warm days through early spring. Well that described exactly where I was.

I also found an unknown cocoon that was very small.

 touched its soft outer surface and to my surprise a door opened up. I didn't see anything inside so I rubbed it shut. I think those little white things were on the outside and just showed up against the dark background. It is all a mystery to me.

I was taking a photo of a cicada exuviae when I saw a Purple Cliffbrake lying on the ground. The scientific name is Pellaea atropurpurec. I placed it back on the cliff and held it in place with some small stones. My hope is that the spores with distribute themselves in the area and I will see new ones this spring.  I don’t recall ever seeing it here before.

I walked along some more and the turned back.  I loved the way the ice seems to be coming out of the tree.

It had been way too long since I had been down this river path.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Glacier National Park - The pass

Glacier National Park was cold and rainy one day and bring and sunny the next. The day I took the red bus up the Going to the Sun Road it was rainy and dreary but still beautiful.

At the top, there was still snow all around.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Glacier National Park - Wildflower Walk

Here are some of my photos from Glacier National Park.  I have decided to just share the photos from the remainder of my trip with little narration. Enjoy the show.

Old Ranger Cabin

Bear scat on the trail. Here is where I began to sing "Hey Bear, Hey Bear, coming through."

Fantastic Pie served here.