More blah blah catching up blah blah, while emotionally gearing up for the stinkhorn post! Just you wait!
Saw this handsome yellow-capped Amanita right next to the trail, a spot of lemon through some leaves. The first image is after I’d had my way with it (gently)--taken many shots, cleared away some leaves to see the base (but not enough to nail down the ID, apparently), and moved some branches so they were held out of the way around that little tree. The next person on the trail would have seen it presented like this!
I don’t know what species it is. There are several yellow Amanitas, and this one didn't have all the identifying features of any of them. Well, maybe it did, but it was so pretty I didn't check things that would have helped me ID it because it would have damaged it. Like roughing it up to see if it changed color, or digging it up to get a better look at the base. Or cutting it in half. I just couldn't.
There’s a yellow species with lighter patches on the cap, there’s a yellow one with a yellow stem, and there’s a yellow one with a bulbous base. Not this one.
I swear I’ll start paying more attention, if I really want to know what’s going on out there. I keep overlooking important identity details because I'm too caught up in the beauty. I know that sounds corny but it's true.
|Mourning cloak butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa|
It took major sneaking to get this close.
Here comes the other kinds of bugs, the kind some people might not like. Take your leave now if you need to.
I found a wolf spider carrying her babies on her back, like they do. First time I saw this in real life!
She wouldn't slow down, so this is the best shot I have.
Next is a non-forest phenomenon I saw in a college courtyard planted with goldenrain trees.
Swarms of red-shouldered bug nymphs. They love goldenrain trees. I think they were congregating like this because they had been displaced by recent heavy rains, and hadn't found their way back to the tree or fallen seedpods yet.
I know what they are because I found them before and figured it out.
Skeletonized goldenrain tree seedpod in rain. See golden flowers strewn about. There were red-shouldered bug on the seedpods themselves but they scattered when I got this close.
One day I went somewhere and when I came home a couple hours later these mushrooms were right in front of where I park. Did I miss them when I left, or did they pop up while I was gone? They could have.
|Coprinus comatus, “shaggy mane”|
I was going to visit them again in the morning, but it rained hard overnight, and there was not a single trace of them the next day. Not even the disturbed soil!
The Audubon guide says “Fragile as this mushroom is, it has the remarkable ability to push up through asphalt”.
What a world, what a world!