I had the good fortune this weekend to be in a very beautiful place:It looks like Maine, but is actually close to home here in Rhode Island.
There were some fantastic looking mushrooms which popped up after the late afternoon squall on Friday:
I am pretty sure it is Cortinarius iodes, the Viscid Violet Cort (!) Cortinarius iodes forms mycorrhizal associations with deciduous trees, particularly oaks.
Other plants caught my eye–moss growing among the tree roots like a landscape:
A fuzzy/spiny white caterpillar on the bayberry near the edge of the water:
I think it is Lophocampa caryae, the hickory tussock moth. Plenty of hickory around the pond, as well as oak, white pine, and swamp maple.
Deer left footprints on the sandy edge of the pond, although I did not see them. I heard barred owls in the night, and coyotes.
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”