The heat and humidity may not be appreciated by all creatures, but one group, the fungi, thrive in this kind of weather, marking a time when it becomes interesting to take a look at your feet as you walk the pathways around the lake where various fungi emerge from the soil. One of the most recognizable is the Indian Pipe, a skinny white fungus that grows tall and obvious in many places.
It certainly would be a useful platform for an artist to place her paints as she works in the forest.
I'm not one to pick mushrooms from the forest floor to eat, but I do enjoy the tremendous variety of size, shape and color they contribute to the walk. And if you do like to forage for mushrooms and want to learn more from one of the most notable experts, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust is sponsoring a Mushroom Walk with Rick Van de Poll in September. While you're on the LRCT web site you may notice they are also sponsoring a guided paddle excursion - right on Lake Wicwas no less. It happens this Tuesday, August 25th, and the details on how to register for the trip are on the same page. I will be there!
Here are a few more samples I found during this simmering stretch of fungi-favorable weather.
Black and White:
And just emerging from under the ground clutter:
Meanwhile high above my head, an Osprey flew through the thick atmosphere; I caught a quick picture as it went overhead. Only after later exploding the picture did I discovered that it had been on a successful fishing expedition at the lake.
Then later, I found this splat on the forest floor.
Another benefit of this clime if you're a warm water lover: the lake temperature this week was 83 degrees at the surface! And even one more perk: rainbows as the afternoon showers blow over the lake.
|Looking west over Lake Wicwas - Photo courtesy of Bill Thorpe|
I do love these dog days of summer!