Last Day of Vacation - Morning in the Park

It is almost the last day of my vacation... the little guy and I have gone for a walk and ended up in the park.

I believe that this is Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis).

This yellow-jacket wasp is having some nectar.

James is sleeping after we drove all over the park investigating trees and plants.

The clouds are looking mighty interesting.

The willow tree is awfully high - high enough to reach the clouds.

Interesting clouds.

Someone left their bike on the hill.

This yellow flower is bright.

This fungus is one I don't recognize.

I have opened the casing somewhat and there is a gooey material surrounding it. I am leaving it alone. I am afraid it might attack me.

Last night's rain has made many of the fruiting bodies somewhat mushy.

Little mushrooms.

Little edible looking mushrooms.

I could nibble these.

This Heal-All (Prunella vulgaris) is growing low in the grass.

Wikipedia says the following:
"Heal-all is both edible and medicinal. It can be used in salads, soups, stews, or boiled as a pot herb. It has been used as an alternative medicine for centuries on just about every continent in the world, and for just about every ailment, Heal-All is something of a panacea, it does seem to have some medicinal uses that are constant. The plant's most useful constituents are betulinic acid, D-camphor, delphinidin, hyperoside, manganese, oleanolic acid, rosmarinic acid, rutin, ursolic acid, and tannins. The whole plant is medicinal as alterative, antibacterial, antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, stomachic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary. It is taken internally as a medicinal tea in the treatment of fevers, diarrhoea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart. Clinical analysis shows it to have an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of pseudomonas, Bacillus typhi, E. coli, Mycobacterium tuberculi, which supports its use as an alternative medicine internally and externally as an antibiotic and for hard to heal wounds and diseases. It is showing promise in research for cancer, AIDS, diabetes, and many other maladies."
Sounds a bit too good to be true. But I'm chewing on a few flower heads right now.

This is a Hickory Tussock Moth caterpillar (Lophocampa caryae).

I've read that these - along with other fuzzy types of caterpillars - have poisonous spines. Antihistiminic drugs (like Benadryl) etc... don't work. The spines get under your skin and can create breathing problems, and major irritation on the sting site. It is best to leave these things alone when you see them.

This is a baby named James.

His eyes are changing from bright blue to a grey/brown/hazel colour.

His eyes can smile.



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