So these are the little flowers responsible for the yellow fields we’ve been seeing! Golden Ragwort 💛 My daughter kept thinking it was Goldenrod, but I knew that wasn’t until the fall. (Second picture, Sugar Grove)
A few years ago we were creeking and my son, inspired by the VS. books (Polar Bear VS. Grizzly Bear, Tarantula VS. Scorpion, etc.), decided to have salamander VS. crawdad. 😐 Well, the crawdad pinches the salamander’s tail, the tail comes off and keeps wiggling, we start screaming because we didn’t know what was going on. Since then I’ve learned that this salamander can release it’s tail to escape and that the tail will keep wiggling to distract a predator.
Year 2 Outside 365: Day 201-I have never, in my entire life, seen as many snakes as I’ve been seeing lately! Right outside Blacklick Woods Nature Center’s door was a snake. The naturalist even stepped out and identified it for us as a grey rat snake. It slithered out of the flower bed, across the path, up on the nature center door, and into another flower bed. 🐍
2 hours, .63 miles, 75 degrees.
Photo 132/365 - Mom and I are taking our traditional Mother's Day nature walk. We had a lot of rain and it's cool. No one is here but us and the wildlife. Peace and fresh air.
Year 2 Outside 365: Day 196-My kids saw this nest, they said a cardinal was near the nest, but when I got through the thorns and mud to take a picture, the eggs were small. I’m thinking it’s more likely a sparrow’s nest. Time will tell. 🐦 46 min, .6 miles, 65 degrees.
Based on what I’ve seen in the mushroom FB group, I’m going to guess this is Mycena leaiana (Orange Mycena). I’m glad the mushrooms are returning. 🍄