Nature Up Close: Another Hike With My Macro Lens
I love walking the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The beauty of nature appears in so many forms. A beautiful waterfall. A view from a mountaintop. A bald eagle in flight. Mountain laurel in bloom. A deer, bear, or fox. I can go on and on. Another aspect of nature, often overlooked, is looking at its beauty and complexity up close.
On Sunday I again walked with my camera and macro lens. Once again I was searching for wild edible mushrooms, and once again I wasn’t successful. Not wanting to reveal my mushroom woods I took photographs of nature we sometime miss, such as this image of the common, but intricate, chicory flower
I found a few areas of milkweed again and was pleased to again find quite a few monarch butterfly caterpillars.
My search of mushrooms took me to a mining reclamation area and I found some flowers I had never seen before including the delicate flower of the bush clover. There were many large shrubs covered with this tiny flowers.
I did finally find a few mushrooms, none edible, including the pigskin puff-ball, This mushroom is poisonous and actually not a true puff-ball, My dad called them “shoe polish” since they would cut them in half and “shine” their shoes with the soft inside of the mushroom when it was young. As it ages it does become a puff-ball.
We through many of them at each other as children laughing as the mushroom exploded sending a cloud of brown powder into the air. Good memories they are. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Macro Lens Hike September 1 2019.