A Walk in the Big Woods

So I went back to walk in the Big Woods and no cars were in the parking lot, but I still was on the lookout for Mr. Weirdo.  I hate not being able to go into nature and enjoy myself without watching for weirdos.  Okay, that said, I had a great time checking out half of the Big Woods.

A short way in I spied my first old growth tree. I need to bring a dbh tape, this guy is huge, and I have nothing to show you in the way of hugeness, but trust me, it is huge:


And here’s the other side:


Isn’t it gorgeous?  And huge!

Here’s some more cool fungi:


And looking up one of the big trees:

This has a cool root:

Close-up of the root:

I wonder what was under that root at one time to make it grow up and over and down like that.

Cute little orange fungi:

And a beautiful trail:

All of a sudden the trail moved and it made me go “oh” and it scared this guy off the trail, but he stayed to pose for my photos:

The ground jumped this time, and I saw this dark little guy, all of an 1″ long:

Some more cool fungi:

I have tons of photos from my walk in the Big Woods, but these are the highlights. I then walked back on the Field Trail, and saw more of these unknown to me interesting urn shaped flowers:

When I got into my truck, I noticed this little guy on my pants:


I have come a long way baby, because I don’t do worms of any sort, well, except earthworms. So after his photo shoot, he ended up out the door to stay at the preserve.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Gets Native
    Sep 01, 2008 @ 00:04:00

    I’m proud of you, that you didn’t smack that sweet little inchworm off your pants!

    Big old woods are my faves. Thanks for taking us along.


  2. jayne
    Sep 01, 2008 @ 08:10:58

    I like inchworms like I like ladybugs for some reason. :c) Cool huge trees!


  3. Lynne at Hasty Brook
    Sep 01, 2008 @ 09:47:22

    I’ve been missing your posts about your beloved trees and ferns and fungi. I think of you when I see a particularly interesting tree!

    Gorgeous photos Pam.


  4. Pam
    Sep 01, 2008 @ 20:50:24

    Susan – Thanks! It was tough! I wanted to squish it in a kleenex. I’m loving the Big ole woods, too. Can’t wait to go back!

    Jayne – Inchworms are so cool – they have to work so hard to get such a short distance.

    Lynne – Aww, thanks Lynne, I think about my blogging friends when I’m out in the woods, too! It’s like you’re all out there with me!


  5. rvewong
    Sep 16, 2008 @ 00:40:55

    Weirdos or bears which would you rather deal with? I think I’d take the bears.


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