see the magic

It was very wet earlier this Fall season, and colors appeared in unusual places...

It didn't take long to notice mushrooms of all sizes, shapes and colors popping up everywhere. I don't know much about mushrooms, other then some provide health benefits, others are poisonous, and that Shiitake are my absolute favorite!! Maybe if I knew more about them I would be comfortable picking/eating them from the wild.  Do any of you go mushroom picking?

We saw a variety, in different stages of growth...
perhaps an early stage of the above
however, these stems are really thick
this one was really thick, and very large
a smaller version of the mushroom above
the tops are kinda powdery
not sure if someone was hungry, or the cap just broke
mushrooms were peeking out of everywhere

I have found a half a dozen or so of these large hawk feathers in the woods. Finding feathers is fun!

Not sure what large bird dropped the feather below? The majority of it is speckled. I tried to ID it with an online feather identifier, but it didn't give me any clues. 

Our land is mostly flat, with some topographical changes. It didn't take long for Brad to be all but out of sight, after hiking up a small but steep hill in the grassy area. 

We have quite a few oak trees, competing for light with the pines. With a little help from us, we hope to see more growth in years to come. They aren't the most colorful tree in the Fall. There are a few red oaks mixed in another area, those are much more colorful. Eventually, I would like to plant more color.

I was happy to discover we have milkweed, that means we should have flutterbys (aka butterflies) to enjoy. Hoping to see monarchs next year, especially since their numbers are dwindling.
I thought those were seeds on top
One of the many things we could use on our never ending wish list, is one of these handy dandy utility vehicles. This one is not ours. We took it to set up some trail cameras...notice we are wearing tshirts in November. Crazy, huh?! 

who is that dork waving to the trail cam?
Do you see what I see?

This guy is somewhat of a local celebrity, and frequents our land. He is off limits, and no one we know will shoot him. He was roaming around, while we were working across the field. See time stamp. Not sure how we missed him. Brad saw him in person last week and said he is really bright white. 

We split most of our our free time between the land and the horses. We have enjoyed such an incredibly nice unseasonably warm Fall! We rode outside three times this week!! It gets dark early, with the sun so low it creates looong shadows...

Koda keeps trying to figure out
why that black horse is riding so closely 
No coats
and Nemo is back to himself!!
Some days are just magical...


C-ingspots said...

Long shadows are better than short shadows. :)
You're being blessed with a warm and sunny fall to make up for your soppy summer. Enjoy! We had a good summer, but have been drowning in torrential rainfall ever since October 1 - no glorious fall for us!

Those exact mushrooms! I was out walking with the dogs the other day and saw them in what I think to be, full maturity, and they were just like the first pics, only really bright orange with white polka dots!! We have lots of mushrooms and many varieties, but I don't think I 've ever seen that particular type before. Very Alice in Wonderland looking! You can bet they're poisonous with all that color.

We've seen a few albino deer around here too, very cool! When you say Nemo is back to normal, do you mean his allergies have calmed down? Or is that Koda? Sorry, I forget.

aurora said...

Yes, Nemo (Brads horse) is doing well so far with his allergy shots. Of course the real test will be after the series of incremental shots are done and it's high allergy season.