and cooler weather have caused a number of mushrooms to emerge.
This is Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria), one of a very deadly
group of fungi. Ironically, Fly Agaric is the mushroom most often
used to illustrate children's
fairy stories. A Grimm choice?
member of the genus, Amanita virosa - with a white cap - is
called "Destroying Angel." (I'm not certain this is it,
but it's similar.)
Russula (Russula mariae).
of the Woods (Strobilomyces floccopus).
Polypore, or Birch Conk (Piptoporus betulinus).
of the Birch Polypore is a pure white surface when fresh.
You can draw on the surface with a stylus and over time your marks
will darken, leaving an image...
this. (I drew this roughly 15 years ago, working from a greeting card
image that was popular at the time.)
or Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) in flower...
in fruit. These are the berries that stain our clothes when we brush
against them, or pass through birds and are deposited on our cars,
lawn chairs, etc.
Solomon's-Seal (Smilacina racemosa) berries in a terminal cluster.
vary from pale speckled pink...
(Ilex verticillata) is a member of the Holly genus, though
you would never guess it from the leaves. The berries persist after
the leaves fall and are often used in seasonal decorations.
feature of this photo is the Jack-in-the-Pulpit fruit cluster - but
that's not the point of the photo. Note the segmented bamboo-like
stalks to the left and right. These are the stems of Scouring Rush
(Equisetum hyemale), an ancient plant. The ribbed stems contain
silica and were once used by our colonial predecessors to scour their
Orchids (Spiranthes sp.) Inconspicuous plants, only six or
eight inches high where I found them in Raymond Brook Marsh.
(Chelone glabra) is a member of the Snapdragon family (Scrophulariaceae).
Can you see the resemblance to garden snapdragons?
Can you see a resemblance to a turtle's head?
Goldenrods (Solidago sp.) are yellow. Quite a few of them blooming
now are white, or nearly white.
is a Rattlesnake-root (Prenanthes sp.), one of several close
to wild lettuce.