Monday, May 4, 2009

Woodsy beauty

Each romp in the woods brings with it new things to see. Pictured here is a type of "Shelf Mushroom" These fungi grow on the sides of dead or decaying trees, looking very much like little shelves extending from the bark. There are many different types, but most are inedible. The second picture is another common sight in Missouri woods during the spring, and that is the wildflower "Wild Sweet William". They bloom a gorgeous lavender color. These were blooming all over the creek banks on our property. The butterflies like them for nectaring, as well as bees and flies. The third picture is a bumble bee, performing acrobatics as he tries to extract the nectar from the gooseberry blooms. The gooseberries are loaded with blooms this year. Seems we will have a lot of berries for pie.

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