A bit of local wandering this morning resulted in some Russula parvovirescens -
...and a young Black-Staining Polypore -
Transitioning to the Forest made for a significant upgrade. Highbush Blueberries are just ripening -
...it was a great pleasure to spend time gathering my favorite wild fruit, whether up-slope or standing in the lake along which these shrubs thrive by keeping their feet wet.
Just behind where I was gathering, my wife pointed out the breeding nests of sunnies -
Stepping up to the bank I found the remains of a resident painter -
And not far from there the leavings of a coyote's venison dinner under the tall grove of Red Pines-
...it always impresses me to see evidence of such cunning capable of taking down prey so much larger than the predator, and keeps us in mind to watch over our venerable old dog who prefers to ramble through the thick brush not always in sight. This is easily maintained by regular offerings of the Blueberries which he also loves.
And finally, on the way back there were Sweetfern bushes affording plenty of fragrant foliage for tea -
Nothing compares to an experience immersed in Nature, and the bonus is in the fruit, mushrooms and tea still to be enjoyed.