I left the house early in the morning, but not before giving James his breakfast.
Here he is clutching Pooh Bear. Life is good with Pooh Bear.
I'm not sure what this flower is, but it's awful purty.
I played with the Aperture-Priority setting on the camera.
I played with lighting.
The hike was fun.
I watched the birds fly through the valley, and listened to the creek below.
I looked carefully and found mushrooms. It's that time of year when mushrooms are in abundance - my favourite time of year.
Not sure what these are, but I'd bet they're edible.
The Rosehips are waxy and glossy in the light.
Alder (Alnus tenuifolia) female (pistillate) catkins can be eaten as a survival food - they contain a very high proportion of protein. I've got some more pictures of them from a couple of years ago.
The kit-lens that came with it - a Nikkor 18-55mm lense took some nice close-up shots.
Not sure what kind of mushrooms these are - I don't have my mushroom book handy as I write these notes.
Unusual looking moth.
The seed stalk of the biennial Mullein plant. These biennial plants will form the rosette flower the first year, and the stem emerges on the second year. With Mullein, you can eat the root in the first year, but it loses starches and gets quite fibrous in the second year.
I believe this is a Dryad's Saddle (Polyporus squamosus). I don't see a lot of the 'feathering' on the surface that I see with more mature growths, but am pretty sure this polypore is one.
"The mushroom's shape and lateral stem make it look suitable for woodland spirits, the dryads of Greek mythology, to ride."The young polypore (note the pores comprising the yellowish-white underside of the fruiting body) fungus is soft and white on the inside, not unlike a puffball. It is edible, and you can fry it up in butter for a nice snack or bake it and add to a casserole or lasagna. As it gets older (and bigger of course), they get bitter and tough.
Unknown gilled mushroom. Note the campanulate (bell-shaped) cap.
Soft Puffball Lycoperdon molle. Edible when flesh is white.
Soft Puffball Lycoperdon molle. Molle means soft.
Apples from old apple trees that grow in amongst the Pine - remnants of an orchard that existed in the 1930s and 1940s.
Water in the valley.
The edges are slowly wearing away, the path will collapse in a couple of years. Observe the tree above, with the roots made visible from the undermining of the earth.
This pine has partially collapsed due to undermining of the root ball.
A great view of the Conservation Area's woods.
Wild Carrot flower (Queen Anne's Lace), in front of Rose Hips.
"Wild carrot, bishop's lace, or Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe and southwest Asia; domesticated carrots are cultivars of a subspecies, Daucus carota subsp. sativus.
Daucus carota is a variable biennial plant, usually growing up to 1 m tall and flowering from June to August. The umbels are claret-coloured or pale pink before they open, then bright white and rounded when in full flower, measuring 3-7cm wide with a festoon of bracts beneath; finally, as they turn to seed, they contract and become concave like a bird's nest. This has given the plant its British common or vernacular name, Bird's Nest. Very similar in appearance to the deadly Water Hemlock, it is distinguished by a mix of bi-pinnate and tri-pinnate leaves, fine hairs on its stems and leaves, a root that smells like carrots, and occasionally a single dark red flower in its center."
Horse Mushroom Agaricus arvensis - Edible, excellent.
Horse Mushroom Agaricus arvensis.
Horse Mushroom Agaricus arvensis (which I have written about before) in foreground, with Giant Puffballs Calvatia gigantea behind.
Giant Puffball Calvatia gigantea Edible when still white and firm, good.
Giant Puffball Calvatia gigantea Edible when still white and firm, good. Snickers Bar placed on top for scale.
Second Year growth of Mullein.
Weeping Willow (Salix alba).
"Hippocrates wrote in the 5th century BC about a bitter powder extracted from willow bark that could ease aches and pains and reduce fevers. This remedy is also mentioned in texts from ancient Egypt, Sumer, and Assyria. The Reverend Edmund Stone, a vicar from Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, England, noted in 1763 that willow bark was effective in reducing a fever. The bark is often macerated in ethanol to produce a tincture.
The active extract of the bark, called salicin, after the Latin name Salix, was isolated to its crystalline form in 1828 by Henri Leroux, a French pharmacist, and Raffaele Piria, an Italian chemist, who then succeeded in separating out the acid in its pure state. Salicylic acid, like aspirin, is a chemical derivative of salicin."
Red Tailed Hawk circling above, looking for a snack of a mouse or a pigeon.
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