Remember that bug hunt I spoke of last week?
Well, we didn't find many bugs (besides mosquitos, that is!) but we did have a nice walk all the same. What we did find was lots and lots of all kinds of mushrooms!
As you can probably tell from the pictures, the weather most likely had much to do with our findings. It was a damp, cool day ~ our nature walk fit in perfectly between a showery morning and a stormy evening. The rain must have sent most of the bugs into hiding, while coaxing the fungi out of the ground. Still, our Nature Club always has a good time together - the kids all walking together, the mums just behind.
Here are some pictures from our day ...
We found lots of galls on the ground. Some brown and papery ..
... some green like a grape:
Most of the mushrooms we spotted were a variation of this type:
A velvety peachy-pink top and a thick white stem.
Some were more plum-like in color; we weren't able to identify them.
Another variety we found, shown above and below ...
Above you see a very strange fungus we spotted growing on a fallen log. The picture here doesn't do the color justice - it was bright bubble gum pink!
Finally, some cute little button mushrooms sprouting up underfoot.
This was a cocoon of some sort. The leaves bear the evidence of hungry critters.
Just before we left, one of the kids did spot a very interesting insect - a small grasshopper shedding its exoskeleton!
By the way, June Nature Club, Part 1, was our trip to the tidal pools - you can find that post here. Sometime this summer our group will be meeting to plan out next year. We've already got some fun ideas percolating ...
As for this outing, these pictures will serve as a good start for a page in our family field journal. I'm sorry to say we haven't worked on it much lately, but I am hoping we'll have more time to do so this summer.
Well, thanks for stopping by today! I am working on the July Themes & Plans and hope to have them up by tomorrow. (Which, if you can believe it, is the first of the month!)
See you all again sometime soon .. :)