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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wet Spring = Mushrooms

This June has been unusually rainy.
 That means lots of mushrooms

This is called tree ear or wood ear.

 Fuzzy white mushroom

 This jelly-like fungus is witch's butter

A damp mushroom!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ebony Jewelwing

These damselflies flutter all summer along the creek bank.
I thought there were two kinds, but after researching them,
 I realize I am seeing males & females.

 This is a male.
They will perch in the sunshime to show their metallic body.

This is a female.
Like birds, the female is more drab then the male.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rain, Rain...

Its been raining almost everyday since we returned from the Dakotas.
Took a hike this morning and this is what I found.



It was more like wading than hiking!

A large tree was uprooted along the creek bank.

It will be a while before the trails dry out.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wet Ride

Janette & I were able to squeeze in a ride today between rains.
The vegetation was hanging low & dripping with the weight of the rain water.
The deer flies were so voracious that we used riding masks on the horses.

Glad we got a ride in.
The forecast isn't looking good.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Viceroy Buttefly

I spotted this viceroy butterfly in a grassy are by the creek.
They mimic the monarch butterfly, but are smaller &
 have a "narrow curved black line crossing the hind wing."