A walk through the woods for today’s #wednesdaywalk

Today, I decided that since I’ve already done the driveway, the blooms around the yard, and the storm damage kinds of walks, I took a bit of a wander in the woods directly behind our house for @tattoodjay‘s #wednesdaywalk challenge (his latest post is HERE). While one of his suggestions is “walk for a few blocks or a few minutes looking for things to get shots of,” I actually ended up strolling around the incredibly-humid-and-mosquito-filled forest for close to an hour!

I went through the 150+ pictures, narrowed it down to 65 (HA!), then finally managed to knock it down to two dozen-ish. As always, I used my trusty Nikon COOLPIX P610 (Amazon affiliate link – thanks for the pennies if you click through and order something!) for the photos. I have it set on Auto Mode at the moment, and I typically bounce the exposure bias around between 0 and -2 step.

Hope you have a great Wednesday!
 
 

walk through the woods for today's #wednesdaywalk
Got a bunch of storms moving in over the next day or so, but at least there’s a bit of blue

 
 
Walking down the hill into the woods

 
 
Stepping off the lawn into the wild

 
 
And to show how quickly the weather changes, this picture…

 
 
… and this one were both taken at 10:07an. The sun broke through the clouds in the time it took me to adjust my shooting angle.

 
 
The balance of decay and rebirth

 
 
Trametes versicolor (aka, The Turkey Tail mushroom)

 
 
This Wandering Glider dragonfly (at least I think that’s the right ID) landed on this stick about a foot away, and posed for me.

 
 
Two seconds later, there was a quick burst of rain – the dragonfly took off, but it still looks magical out here

 
 
Little bits of green poking up all over the place

 
 
A baby pine growing out of a tree stump is all kinds of inspiring

 
 
Look! I think the woods loves me as much as I love it!

 
 
I get the funny feeling I’m being watched, though…

 
 
Peekaboo, Mr. Chipmunk!

 
 
A wide shot of the rock – peek at the left side of the photo and you can get a sense of how close this is to our house

 
 
I noticed some cool kind of fungus on a bunch of the granite stones

 
 
It looks like brown paper on one side, and black tar on the other

 
 
This is new growth of the fungus – I’ll be back with an update if I figure out what it is

 
 
Didn’t notice this little guy until he jumped up on the rock in front of me.

 
 
Talk about camouflage! Can you spot the moth (which I believe is a Faint-Spotted Angle)?

 
 
Not heart shaped, but twin acorns like this always make me think of love

 
 
Look! More hearts!

 
 
I’m not actually a fan of spiders, but this Daddy Longlegs made a point to pose for me, so how could I refuse?

 
 
I think this guy, and the other guy that jumped up on the rock, are both American Toads (Anaxyrus americana).

 
 
Wild Lily of the Valley (aka Canada Mayflower) ripening red berries

 
 
This is one of my all time favorite trees on the property. And when I looked down…

 
 
… I spied one of the few uneaten mushrooms, just begging to be photographed. I happily obliged.

 
 

Have a great week!


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