Hot morning walk in August

I could barely make out this barred owl high above me in a tree. A few seconds later he flew off farther into the woods, chasing after Mom.

Later I was walking the back boardwalk and heard a weird howl. I was looking high up in the trees thinking it was an injured squirrel but couldn’t find anything. Then I looked straight out into the swamp and the juvenile owl was sitting right in front of me. He’s still got baby fuzz around his head. I couldn’t find Mom but I’m sure she was somewhere close by.

Nearby was a squirrel with a snack.

Not many birds around in early August.

I had heard there were twin fawns at the park. After looking all morning I saw them for a second deep in woods.

A doe resting near the boardwalk.

Pink and green on the trees after the rain.

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Things that grow on trees and trees that grow on things.

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I recently started to notice all of the random things that grow on trees that I don’t think were originally part of the tree. Lots of moss, lichen, fungus and vines using them to survive on.  Some things are weird, like the white blob that looks like a big cotton ball. Does anyone know what that is?  These were all taken at Chesnut Park.

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Then there are trees that grow on things.  There are several trees right along the boardwalk that have molded themselves into the railing.

Fun things at Chesnut Park

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Showing off his snack.

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An eagle was sitting high up in a pine tree right over my head.

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It’s always fun to watch the birds swaying on the reeds.

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Other things I found growing around the park including the pink lichen on the tree.

DSC_3336One of the resident gators.

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Dark clouds started moving in as I was across the park. I was heading back to my car when it started sprinkling. Luckily, I had my little umbrella in my backpack so I pulled it out and headed back to the parking lot.  Halfway back to my car the bottom fell out. When I came out of the trail and into the parking lot, people were sitting in their cars watching me as I walked across with my tiny umbrella.  I completely soaked from the waist down. At least it cooled off.

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Fungus among us

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Taken deep in the swamp, this looks like a flower mushroom.

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These are mushroom boobs!

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The new mushroom garden.

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I’ve never seen this before. Some type of orange mushroom?

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It almost looks like candy.

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Growing out of an old tree stump.

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Pink lichen growing on the tree.

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Moss growing on a cypress tree root.

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All alone.

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Looks like an umbrella mushroom.

The recent rains have flooded everything. Chesnut Park was flooded in mid-September when I stopped there after 2 solid days of rain. Fungus things were popping up everywhere. Some were pretty, some looked creepy. I wonder if the birds or squirrels eat mushrooms. I didn’t see any while I was there. The nice thing was the boardwalks were really slimy and slippery so it kept the joggers and dog walkers off of them. The bad thing was there wasn’t a lot of birds around even without people running by.

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