A walk in the woods yields all sorts of surprises. Despite the liberal application of bug spray, we were relentlessly pursued by mosquitoes as we walked the woodland trail of Graves Farm in Williamsburg, MA. Originally a family dairy farm for over a hundred years, it is now held by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Part of it is open meadow, grassland habitat for insects and birds, the other is deciduous and coniferous woodland where I took these photos.
While walking we were serenaded by the most beautiful and melodious calls of three wood thrushes echoing through the forest – like voices of angels in heaven.
As well, there is a large swamp/wetland habitat, which supports countless creatures and the assumed source of the voracious mosquitoes!
This aptly-named Jewelwing kindly paused in the a pocket of sunlight long enough for me to get a shot. A beautiful and healthy specimen due to the abundance of the aforementioned mosquitoes. His more shy and drably adorned mate hovered in the shadows, refusing to be filmed!
There were lots of mushrooms of all sorts, most of which are beyond my identification skill set. I’m guessing that the above is a Russella. I’m not fond of domestically-raised culinary mushrooms and because so many are poisonous, I’d be too freaked out to eat wild-harvested ones. There are quite a few that are delicacies and wild hunters abound, but I leave that to the experts. Since this is a nature preserve, I am assuming that the collection of any wild plant is forbidden.
We will definitely return to walk the trails again, most likely after the first frost has done away with the mosquitoes!