>> Tuesday, November 17, 2009
While Creepy Man ruined the usual mood boost I normally get from a walk in the woods, our Sunday stroll did have some nice moments, too. Autumn fields are awesome. I've always loved the fields along the highway in the fall, with gold and red slowly turning to brown with fluffs of white.
I'll start with the milkweed, just because it has so much charm:
Then there was the fungus that looked like a Nerf ball that had been chewed on and left out in the rain until it started to grow mold. That's about the right consistency for this thing, too. I had to poke at it gingerly to make sure it wasn't actually a Nerf ball some camper had left behind. Then I realized there were a whole bunch of them, of varying sizes but all looking almost exactly as moldy and munched on. I couldn't even begin to identify it.
We also stumbled upon a lovely hornets nest, long empty, sitting on the ground. Out of sheer curiosity we did a little poking into it, and were astounded by how beautiful the striations were in the paper.
And finally, the coup de grace, a rotting deer hoof in a tree. I'm not sure if someone found it in the trail and put it up there for people to see, or if a critter made a meal of it while sitting in the tree. Regardless, kind of cool.
Grossing out Spouse? Now that's a successful jaunt in the woods for this fearless female. :)