|Foggy August Mornings|
|Dawn over Lake Wicwas from Crockett's Ledge|
This was after some heavy rains earlier in the week which brought five inches of rain, bringing the lake back up several inches above full level. Rather nice for this late in the summer.
After not seeing many deer this summer, on one of these foggy mornings I came across a whole herd of them. I walked right past where they must have bedded down over night without seeing them. It wasn't until I stopped to look at something on the ground, and then started walking again, that three or four of them sprung up from the low growth in the field and bounded off into the woods back where I just came from. It was just a flurry of brown rumps and white tails. If I were a predator, I wouldn't have known what to chase. And then 50 yards later, entering the woods on the other side of the field, another two or three took off up the hill in the other direction. Finally, 20 minutes farther down the trail, I spooked another off into the thick woods - who knows how many other animals watched me walk by and never revealed themselves.
On the other end of the animal spectrum, there were lots of frogs enjoying the humid weather. One pickerel frog has been enteraining Linda all summer in one of her gardens.
Plus I found a green frog sitting half submerged in a small pond. The green frog has really bright green spot on its nose - this was my first chance to get a picture of one of these amphibians.
Here are a few more fungi to add to last week's collection, including one of my favorites, the Indian Pipe, which popped up this week.
And the humidity of August continues to bring intense sunsets!