Tiny Flowers & Hope of Spring

First dandelion of the season

The first (very welcome) dandelion in our yard this year

 

Today was cloudy and grey, but I did get outside and see enough to assure myself that spring really will come again this year.  🙂

Tiny dead nettle flower

Tiny dead nettle flower

More dead nettle flowers

More dead nettle flowers

Little chickweed flowers

Little chickweed flowers

Japanese plum buds

Japanese plum buds

Pipsissewa

Pipsissewa

Last year's bracken marks where fiddleheads will come up in a few weeks.

Last year’s bracken marks where fiddleheads will come up in a few weeks.

Lichen on hill

Lichen on hill

Lichen closeup

Lichen closeup

Just a cool picture.  :)

Just a cool picture. 🙂

Why I hide my tools from Ron.  :)

Why I hide my tools from Ron. 🙂

Sheba

Sheba

Brown eyed girl

Brown eyed girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Mushrooms, Oddities & Flowers

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I’m recovering… enough to enjoy wandering around the yard and the surrounding woods a bit.

fall bloomersI apologize to all whose comments on my last post I didn’t answer.  Instead of trying to play catchup, just know that I appreciate you and will do better from now on.  🙂

We are debating on whether to get the Casita’s furnace fixed this month, or to try to find some inexpensive camping before really cool weather sets in.  With the federal campgrounds closed, I found several Georgia county campgrounds with water and electric that charge under $20 per night.  The state parks are simply too expensive for us as we like to stay for several days at a time.fall bloomers2

Some of the county parks look nice, although it’s hard to find reviews on them.  Others just don’t look that appealing.   And sitting outside on chilly nights breathing campfire smoke might not be the best thing for me right now.

Maybe I’ll just get the furnace fixed and we’ll head to Florida later — IF the national forest campgrounds open up.

Interesting mushroom. Note the reticulated stalk

[This is where I edited out a biting comment on the government shutdown political shenanigans.]  😀

Our yard has mushrooms everywhere!  Some edible, some sickeners.  But after our drought last year, I am happy to see them all.  The variety is astounding.  I am only posting a small sample of the photos I took.

I was unable to get a spore print on this mushroom because it has a white parasitic fungus on the pore surface.  It doesn't seem to bother the little guy who is eating it.

I was unable to get a spore print on this mushroom because it has a white parasitic fungus on the pore surface. It doesn’t seem to bother the little guy who is eating it.

Edible penny-bun type bolete

Edible penny-bun type bolete

And another!

And another!

I removed the pore layer because it was a little past its prime.  The pores were actually olive green but they show up brown in this photo.

I removed the pore layer because it was a little past its prime. The pores were actually olive green but they show up brown in this photo.

I’m not sure what this is. At first I thought it might be wild quinine, but neither the flowers nor leaves are a match. On edit: it might be eupatorium serotinum aka boneset or late thoroughwort.

lichen

lichen

Edible suilli

Edible suilli

Poisonous pokeweed berries

Poisonous pokeweed berries

Such a pretty face

Such a pretty face

Another suillus

Another suillus

Soggy ground

Soggy ground

Goldenrod

Goldenrod

Red russulas (sickeners) growing by Casita tire.  More are growing under the Casita.

Red russulas (sickeners) growing by Casita tire. More are growing under the Casita.

It’s Gorgeous Here!

What a blessing to have such a beautiful, private spot!

What a blessing to have such a beautiful, private spot!

The campground is filled to capacity tonight, but we hardly know we have neighbors.  The way the sites are terraced in our loop, we really don’t even see the people on either side unless we make an effort to look.

The water down from our campsite.

The water down from our campsite.

I very gingerly ventured down to the water behind our campsite today.  It took some careful planning to keep from losing my balance and skidding downhill on my rear end.  Climbing back, I would aim for a tree and rest against it for a few minutes, then lunge uphill to another.  I managed to zig-zag my way back up to the campsite that way.

While I was down there I saw a nice fish that I could almost see “Tinycamper’s frying plan” written on.  But he swam away before I could get my camera out.  And no way am I climbing back down there to try to catch him!

Another view from the water below our site.

Another view from the water below our site.

I am zonked today!  I didn’t realize how badly all the pre-camping scrubbing, building, and preparing had worn me out.  But today I took a glorious, long nap with the windows open and the fan humming me to sleep.  And I’ll probably be in bed by 10:00 tonight.  Such sweet sleep!

There are only two places in the campground where it’s not too steep to fish from the bank, so we’ll check them out tomorrow.

Our site looking up from the water

Our site looking up from the water

Sheba the camp dog

Sheba the camp dog

Sunny after a walk

Sunny after a walk

Fern on sun dappled hill

Fern on sun dappled hill

Another tent site

Another tent site

Moss and lichen

Moss and lichen

Closeup of lichen

Closeup of lichen

Some critter had egg for dinner.  I don't know what kind of egg it is.  The shell looks too thick for a bird egg.

Some critter had egg for dinner. I don’t know what kind of egg it is. The shell looks too thick for a bird egg.

Evidence of root-grubbing critter

Evidence of root-grubbing critter

Odd juxtaposition -- dead stump and plastic bullets in the primitive camping area.

Odd juxtaposition — dead stump and plastic bullets in the primitive camping area.

I found lots of mushrooms today, but thought that ganoderma (Reishi) would probably be the only one of general interest.

I found lots of mushrooms today, but thought that ganoderma (Reishi) would probably be the only one of general interest.

Woods, Mushrooms, a Flower & Wild Edibles

Our woods

Our woods

Today Ron took Sunny and Sheba to the groomer, so I had several hours to myself.  I decided to check out the woods to see what discoveries awaited me.

Some of these photos were taken in the woods.  Some were in the transition area between the woods and our yard.  And some of them are from our yard…. which has plenty of weeds growing in the lawn!  I like it that way!  🙂

Just beautiful!  I think it's a moss of some kind.

Just beautiful! I think it’s a moss of some kind.

Little brown mushrooms.

Little brown mushrooms.

More lbms (little brown mushrooms)

More lbms (little brown mushrooms)

Little white mushrooms.  Not edible.

Little white mushrooms. Not edible.

Berries the birds missed

Berries the birds missed

Greenbrier thorns.  Not fun to walk through!

Greenbrier thorns. Not fun to walk through!

Small greenbrier

Small greenbrier

Lichen

Lichen

Moss on fallen log

Moss on fallen log

A russula, I think

A russula, I think

A periwinkle -- perennial vinca.  One lone bloom was all I found.

A periwinkle — perennial vinca. One lone bloom was all I found.

Bracken.  Last years dead leaves show where edible fiddleheads will come up in spring

Bracken. Last years dead leaves show where edible fiddleheads will come up in spring

Tender, tasty chickweed

Tender, tasty chickweed

Two more edibles --field garlic and henbit

Two more edibles –field garlic and henbit

Wild strawberry leaves make a nutritious tea

Wild strawberry leaves make a nutritious tea

Edible suillus.  Before cooking, peel off the slimy cuticle to avoid digestive upset.  The white flesh is a decent edible.

Edible suillus. Before cooking, peel off the slimy cuticle to avoid digestive upset. The white flesh is a decent edible.

The pore surface of the suillus

The pore surface of the suillus

Just a pretty picture

Just a pretty picture

The Woods are Wet

A tiny stream flows to the right of the old stump

Our rain ended Tuesday evening.  Since the drought had been so severe, I expected mushrooms to go crazy after a good, soaking rain.  So Ron and I combed the woods for them today… but found nothing!

Moss and lichen cover the base of this old tree.

When we were camping at Allatoona Lake, we had two days of rain.  Five days after the rain stopped, puffballs and meadow mushrooms started sprouting up.  So since our rain this week ended two days ago, maybe I’m just too impatient.

We’ll try again Saturday.

Cute lichen

I did notice that the wild crabapples put on a bumper crop this year.  There were thousands of them on the ground.

I used to made apple butter with them, but our crabapples are so bitter that the apple butter was never very good.

There were thousands of crabapples on the ground.

Meanwhile, we’re excited about the upcoming Casita rally in Cherokee.  Our biggest concern is hoping that the dogs behave themselves.  🙂

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