Nature Up Close: Another Hike With My Macro Lens.
My love of nature began when my dad took me looking for wild edible mushrooms at a very young age. He taught me and my sibling how to identify the two species of scaber bolete mushrooms his dad taught him. We also learned so much more about the wonderful world of nature, ant hills, caterpillars, deer, chestnuts, snakes to name a few. I continue this tradition of looking for mushroom every summer. When I go I like to take my macro lens since I don’t want to reveal my secret spots. Mushroom pickers never do. So early on Saturday I was off looking for mushrooms, and anything else nature had to share.
Unfortunately I didn’t find a lot of mushrooms on my hike. This surprised since we did have some rain this past week. There were a scattering of various species of inedible russula mushrooms. Well I don’t eat them anyway.
However, as always, my walk through the woods in search of mushrooms revealed the beautiful diversity of nature. This time I saw a few red efts crawling along the forest floor. These brightly covered salamanders are the land phase of the eastern newt.
Sometimes, after a summer rain you can find hundreds of them crawling along on the forest floor looking for a pond or puddle to breed. . It is now late summer and I only found a couple on my 7 mile hike.
I saw this oak apple gall on a scrub oak tree. These galls are created by the larva of a wasp.
Looking on the ground for mushrooms, I found this busy yellow jacket nest. It was early morning when I began my hike. The yellow jackets allowed me to get pretty close to their nest. It got much warmer, and, on my return the yellow jackets were much more active and wouldn’t let me near their .Here is a link to my Youtube video of the nest.
It wasn’t a productive day for finding edible mushrooms, but once again I was able to experience, and share some of the beauty of nature. It is everywhere, if you walk in the woods and keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Macro hike August 17 2019.
“Photography saved my life by opening my eyes to the beauty that surrounds me each and everyday. Life look much richer from behind the lens.”