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British Soldiers

British Soldiers

I love finding a bit of color in the drab winter landscape. The eye-catching British soldier lichen pops out in the winter woodlands. It grows on fallen decaying logs and tree stumps. Lichens are two organisms that live together for the benefit of each other. Microscopically, you would see a fungus with algae growing on […]

The Turkey’s Tail

The Turkey’s Tail

The naked winter forest in North America provides an opportunity to find cocoons of overwintering moth larvae, dried wasp galls and fungi that are often overlooked by the average hiker. I love spending the winter in the woodlands to find these organisms. During a recent walk in the Maryland woods, I came across a fungus […]

The Vine I Despise

The Vine I Despise

Walking in a winter wetland forest, in the eastern U.S. my eyes are drawn to green leafless vines growing along the edge of the trail. Numerous spiky thorns protrude from the green stems and small clusters of bluish-black berries dangle in the light breeze. It is the nasty catbriar. Its thorns remind me of a […]

A Winter Jewel

A Winter Jewel

Winter forests have a dismal lifeless look with leafless trees, gray tree trunks and crumbled fallen leaves. Yet I still enjoy walking through woods at this time of year to look for signs of life. In the midst of crumpled brown decaying leaves, I sometimes find a splash of green on the woodland floor. Bending […]

Six-legged Sex

Six-legged Sex

Stepping out my front door, I walk right into an orgy of sex. I am surrounded by couples attached abdomen to abdomen. Crawling entangled bodies writhe in a mass next to the front window of the porch. It is late summer in Florida and the love bug mating season is upon us. Love bugs are […]