Here are a few details I wasn’t able to include in my last post, but were still worthy of another post of their own. This brave, intrepid little bumblebee was so cold, she was moving in slow motion. I had to admire her perseverance, collecting pollen as long as she was physically able.
Surrounded by a carpet of yellow, orange and rust-colored leaves, I was captivated by this mossy, lichen-encrusted rock outcropping accented with feathery plumes of Lady fern (Athyrium felix-femina). I would love this to be in my shade garden, but it was in the middle of the forest.A late-turning maple is a flame lighting up the forest. The ridge in the background looks to me like an horse’s back right about where the saddle goes.
‘Turkey Tail’ fungi (Trametes versicolor) was growing out of a split in the trunk of a beech tree. Velvety to the touch, they are quite common. A tea made from these mushrooms is said to boost immunity and it is being studied in particular to help cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Below is a close-up of a delicate and lacy Hay-scented fern frond (Dennstaedtia punctiloba). In autumn they turn progressively paler becoming a ghostly white. I love to come upon large colonies of them carpeting the forest, they are so beautiful.
I must include a canopy shot or two of sugar maples nearly empty of leaves. How I love these trees! When I think of autumn color, I think of maples. As children, my sister and I used to rake and jump into big piles of the crisp, sweetly-scented leaves. When we tired, we’d bury ourselves underneath, resting and peeking out between the gaps to the tree and autumn sky above. Must be where this love was formed!Marking the end of the day like a sundial, this sunlit birch tree and post in a patch of lawn glow against the shadowed barn in the background.All of the above photos were taken at Bullitt Reservation, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, whose mission is to “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.”