Mushrooms and Poison Ivy
Notes and Changes since last report
- It was 70°F, cloudy, and calm at 3:00 PM on October 13, 2021.
- There was a little more color in the leaves and the mosquitos were still out in number.
- Lovelace Drive - past the Fern Glen - has been opened to traffic again.
- This week's trail report covers the Cary Pines Trail side of the trail system.
- It appeared that some branches were down by Gifford House.
- Actually, a car had come off the highway taking out a redbud and leaving it in the pathway as it passed between a big oak and Gifford.
- Out at the "Appendix", as I like to call the area around trail marker 10, the witch's butter looked almost unchanged from the week before.
- Biscuits - that's what the neighboring mushrooms look like. The browns and the texture.
- Even the seedlings of burningbush turn red.
- Mushrooms would be a common sight today.
- Coral fungus was more frequently encountered than usual.
- The expanse of one colony of brown mushrooms was surprising.
- Shaggy stems below were interesting.
- One clump of coral fungus was taking on unusual coloration.
- Color was creeping in along the road past the Fern Glen.
- Hobblebush always gets interesting in quiet ways.
- Water was getting darker in the pond.
- Seen from the other side, the ostrich fern was getting pale.
- The path back to the fen was getting covered with leaves.
- Back in the fen, poison sumac didn't have a lot of leaves to boast.
- But they did have a unique red-orange that can be picked out of a crowd.
- Fruit of speckled alder will eventually open as little cones to scatter their seed.
- Chickweed was looking very fresh. Its five petals are so deeply notched they appear to be ten.
- It always seems that witch hazel is easier to smell than to see.
- The whispy little flowers choose this time of year to bloom.
- Winterberry leaves were turning ghostly pale.
- Perhaps the better to set off the red berries.
- Out on drier soils, gaultheria had a few berries too. Teaberry is one of its common names.
- Leaves of partridgeberry are much smaller and have that pale main vein.
- The view downstream from the deck was opening up with the dropping leaves.
- Upstream, a small witch hazel was hanging on to its yellow.
- Shingle strips have improved wet traction on some of the walkways.
- A cheerful find was caterpillars eating purple loosestrife. These look like Haploas - very handsome moths, perhaps LeConte's Haploa.
- The Fern Glen was not lacking mushrooms.
- Coral fungus was looking better here than anywhere else.
- These look like the same as the large colony on the Cary Pines trail.
- A splash of color was creeping up one of the members of the Scots Pine Alée.
- The young leaves of Virginia creeper are sometimes made of three leaflets, looking too much like poison ivy.
- In the field behind, a patch of dogbane was golden among the brown grasses.
- Towards the end of the Allée, Virginia creeper was climbing high.
- On the opposite side, poison ivy was not to be outdone.
- Next week: the Wappinger Creek Trail the side of the trail system.