Next time you’re out hiking, take a picture of the posted trail map with your digital camera or camera phone. Then when you’re out on the trail, you can reference back to your photo on the play back screen of your camera. It’s a good idea to bring a compass too just in case you get off the trail by accident. Some of the new “smart” phones have one built in.
The 2 baby Bald Eagles in the nest at the Vermilion Gorge are getting big. You can’t see the other Eaglet in this photo, but he’s in there. Looks like it will be a successful nesting despite the busy location.
I found this Naked Mitrewort, or Bishop’s Cap the other day. It is going to seed now. I think the seeds will turn black as they ripen. I guess this is how the plant gets its’ common name of Bishop’s Cap.
Canadian Geese have been showing up more and more frequently in the Crane Lake area. Only in the last few years have they begun nesting, historically we would only see Canadian Geese at Crane Lake during migration.
I had identified this tiny little flower in a earlier post as Twayblade, but it’s actually Naked Mitrewort. I found out as I was looking around at different wildflower websites. Its’ common name is Bishop’s Cap or Naked Bishop’s Cap. The naked part refers to the bare flower stalk and the Bishop Cap refers to the seed pod that forms later. I don’t know if I’ll be able to find this plant again to see the seed stage. It’s such a tiny little plant that it probably gets totally hidden as the lush foliage of the forest floor fills in.
I posted this photo last week and the caption read “unknown mushrooms”, well, thanks to Kraig, these orange objects aren’t mushrooms at all. According to Wikipedia, it’s actually a slime mold!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycogala_epidendrum Lycogala epidendrum is the scientific name and it is described as a plasmodial slime mould. Yuk!
It’s common name is Wolf’s milk. I don’t think a wolf’s milk is orange – what a strange name for a strange organism – maybe they do go together.