I was out searching for wild mushrooms everyday this past week. It has been a cool and rainy Summer which has resulted in an abundance of wild mushrooms. I have found many hen of the woods, or, as they are called in my area, rams head mushrooms.
I have found many other species too and have been including them in some of my favorite dishes, such as shrimp, scallops, wild mushrooms sauteed with onions and garlic served over whole wheat pasta.
I took my macro lens on some of my hikes and, in addition to wild mushrooms, uncovered some more of the beauty of nature up close.
One of the most unique was this creature. I found it sitting on a milkweed pod.
It kept facing me, in this defensive pose, as I approached from all sides. I have learned it is a wheel bug , a member of the assassin bug family, and is know for it’s painful sting. Here is a link to some more photographs of the wheel bug.
There were many signs of the coming of Fall on my walk. Many of the leaves are now changing color, especially members of the heath family, including the blueberry bushes.
And some of the red maples.
The woods are a lot quieter now, many of the song birds have already begun their migration south. And many of the insects, dragonflies and butterflies are now gone. I still saw a few wasps and bees and this butterfly.
And some other insects I haven’t seen before.
I found this caterpillar suspended from a silk thread as it dangled it’s way to the ground in search of food before the cold weather sets in.
Even though I only had my macro lens I was still able to get a photograph of this deer watch me walk by,
and a photograph of this interesting reflection of the sun in the clouds.
I don’t believe I have ever taken a walk in the forest and woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania without seeing something new, beautiful or interesting.
I enjoy every one of my walks, and even more so during mushroom season, since I can take some of nature home with me and add it to a delicious meal. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hikes.
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. Marie Curie