Wednesday, February 22, 2012

More than I expected

A cold, wintery walk in our shady forest yielded more activity than I expected.  Narrow beams of sunlight peeked through the branches of pines, firs, and cedars and warmed small patches of ground and fallen bark.  Ever curious, even in freezing temperatures, I had to tip over some of these pieces of bark.  I found several insects (Hemipteran, top photo), centipedes, and spiders moving around, barely.  I replaced the bark and moved on.  There will be much greater diversity under these pieces as the weather warms.  On the rest of our walk, we saw lots of great mosses, fungi, and wild ginger.  Will post some of these next.  My favorite, the Bird's Nest Fungus, was looking great.

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