|The tree that I sat in is huge!|
|We also encountered some less than friendly species of plants and animals. The first site, especially, was swarming with mosquitoes. They were everywhere, making that distinctive whining noise. To me, it sounds almost unnatural, like a horror movie sound effect. At both sites, there were ticks. So we had to be careful.|
Not all animals and insects are evil, scary creatures. We observed a few animals and we also observed signs of animals. These include tadpoles in Gun Creek, a swallowtail butterfly, woodchuck, and deer. There were many birds. Diane is able to recognize birds by their songs. She heard songs from: pilliated woodpecker, great crested flycatcher, Baltimore oriole, chickadee, wood duck, red eye vireo, and catbirds.
The picture above depicts a plant nemesis. Remember the old adage, "Leaves of three, leave it be"? See the plant above and the sets of three leaves. Yep. You've got it. Poison ivy. Look, but don't touch. If you accidentally touch the poison ivy, here is a website that you can go to where you can find ways of handling the website. Click the next word: word.
|This is a closeup of one of the very large mushrooms that I saw in both sites.|
|Signs of human activities in the woods include this tree stand. These are used mainly by hunters during deer season.|
|This is one of the more beautiful of the native species that I found in the woods. It is called the wild iris. It was delightful to find it in bloom.|
|This would be a sign of human incursion on protected land. Kathleen explained that this example of trees that had been cut down by humans is not something that is desirable in a forever-wild wooded area.|
|Diane, holding book, discusses the condition of forever-wild town land with Kathleen.|
|This is an example of an older tree stand.|
|We saw many wildflowers. This pretty little blossom is just an example of wildflowers in bloom. |
We plan on revisiting these two sites sometime in the autumn.