Well, today was a rare still day, and with temperatures up around 40 the weather down in the woods was downright fabulous. I thought I’d take a gander at the temporary stream, which was frozen by the time I got down there but running freely, at least at its end, by the time I left. I wasn’t sure where it drained before — it dried up completely at a random spot in the woods, the last I saw — but today I was able to see that it drains into “my” (precious) gully. Which makes sense and also helps explain why the gully is the gully. (See pictures of the gully here and here.)
I’m probably going to be repeating myself a lot in the coming weeks, but wow, even just in the last couple of days the forest floor has changed. Before, you had to go looking for the new growth, but now you can see some with even the more careless glance about. Or maybe you can’t. I wouldn’t know, as I am excessively careful with my looking.
Anyway, since the stream wasn’t especially fascinating today, I spent most of my time at the riverbank and the sandbar.
- 1. This is the one I see everywhere, and this is the greenest of them all. I think it might be some kind of anemone.
- 2. Look, honest-to-god clumps!
3. I like the leaf and bundle scars on this branch. It's a little face wearing a Pope hat.
4. I like this rotted log and how red it is; I think it makes such a nice contrast with the pale leaf.
5. Thing number 454 that I can't not take a picture of: dead logs, especially with bark peeling away to show the sapwood. Or whatever that's called.
7. I'm pretty sure I've taken a picture of this log before.
8. The cutest little mushrooms I ever did see. You can tell how small they are with the moss for reference.
9. The bluest lichen I ever did see.
- 10. A pile of rotting walnuts; they almost look like they’ve been burnt. I blame the squirrels.
13. Moss meets bloomy white fungus stuff.
14. Look out, he'll eat you too.
15. Ready, set, grow?
16. That is purple, boy.
- 18. I’ve never seen a fungus like this (assuming it’s fungus too) — it almost looks like pollen. I accidentally brushed these little plants as I was trying to take the picture and a huge cloud of powder rose up.
19. It looks like a fish head, doesn't it.
20. Black walnut shells.
21. A piece of bone I found!
24. Gigantic cottonwood across the riverbank.
26. I love these little seed capsules.
29. Green briar doing what it does best.
32. This guy is growing on the sandbar in the middle of the river but unfortunately he will soon be covered in snow, soon to be followed by ice chunks as the river begins to thaw. But I am impressed by its efforts now.
33. Another little guy on the sandbar.
35. Washed-up trees at the riverbank. They're like tree dumbbells.
37. Very dead moss?
38. Looking north up the length of the sandbar.
39. Yeah...I had to step through some of this to get to the sandbar, but it was okay.
41. Leaf and seaweed (riverweed?) washed up against a rock.
45. I liked how the tree's reflection looked against the pinkish granite in the water.
47. I love the form of the big tree in the middle of the photo.
50. At one point I looked up from trying to take macros of tree roots and realized that the trees were a-glowin'. Unfortunately, I didn't have much time to get some really good pictures of the sunset before my camera battery died.
51. But a couple of them still turned out neat, I thought.
52. So then my dad kindly lent his camera and I went back down to the river for more pictures. This is about ten or fifteen minutes after the previous picture.
53. And several minutes after that.
We’re looking at a couple inches of snow tomorrow, so perhaps I’ll take a snowy expedition tomorrow afternoon.
Oh — and here are some previous posts with a many a picture down by the river.