Not Many Mushrooms Today, But Lot Of Color, And Some Wasps, Bees and Spiders.

Not Many Mushrooms Today, But Lot Of Color, And Some Wasps, Bees and Spiders.

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It was another nice Fall  day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The leaves continue to get more color everyday now and should soon be at their peak. macro hike (1 of 18)

I have been finding quite a few mushrooms since we got some rain last week. This is a photograph of some he of the woods mushrooms(we call them ramsheads around here) I found on Tuesday. !7 pounds. A nice haul, for sure.12109022_1235686976456919_2502289044651456299_n

So I left the office a little early to try and find a few more. Of course, I’m not telling where I went but it was somewhere in the woods. No hen of the woods but I did find a few honey mushrooms, also known as popinkies or stumpers in our area. macro hike (15 of 18)

It isn’t easy looking for wild mushrooms. Today, I had to hike through woods full thorns and brambles. They are like hidden barbed wire.  macro hike (7 of 18)

And what I find even worse are the many spider webs strewn across my path. There is nothing as horrible as walking face first into a spider web, especially if the owner, one of these critters,  is sitting in the middle of it. macro hike spider (1 of 1)

There is an abundant crop of acorns this year and  the ground is covered in them under the older oak trees. And the woods were full of squirrels and chipmunks feeding on the bounty.macro hike (13 of 18)

I also saw a lot of bees and wasps taking advantage of the late blooming flowers, well not sure if you can call ragweed a flower but the bees and wasps love it anyway. Here is a link to some more photographs of the wasps I took today. hike bee  164 - (1 of 1)

I walked over four miles and only came home with under a pounds of popinkies  but it was a nice day to be outdoors and I mixed the popinkies  with the hen of the woods left over form Tuesday. They sure were good. I am hoping to get out this weekend again, it may be the last chance to find mushrooms this year.  I’m a Summer person and I’m not looking forward to the cold weather that will soon be here. But Spring is just around the corner. Here are some more photographs from my hike today. hike bee 143 (1 of 2)5/nggallery/blog-photos/macromushroom-hike-october-8-2015


“Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring.”
–  Anonymous