No Name Mushrooms

Buffy and I went for a morning walk through the woods at Stone Face.  The late October day was cloudy. No water ran in the creek. No flowers bloomed.

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These mushrooms practically lined part of a fallen dead tree.

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White shelf mushrooms also grew on the same log.

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I thought this configuration had an artistic appearance.

One of these shelf mushrooms had gills on the underside, and the other had pores.  I didn’t find either of these in any of  my six mushroom books.

It didn’t matter to me. I enjoyed them anyway. Besides, they don’t know what they are either.

I come from an artistic family and look at things from an artistic standpoint.

A Morning Surprise

I was slow-moving this morning until I went in the kitchen.


There, out the window, was a rainbow! It had been two years or more since I’ve seen one. I hurried out on the porch and took pictures.  A light rain was falling.


I got back on the couch to finish my breakfast, and there out the window was the other end of the rainbow. Again, I hurried out to take pictures. This time the best view was from under an oak tree. The two sides weren’t connected at the top.


Curious as I am, I hurried to the computer room to check the sunrise. Obviously, it wasn’t to thrilling.


The final image … a perfect way to start the day.

A November Picture

I was looking through my picture files late one night

when my eyes beheld a strange sight …


 a roly poly that had just molted. (An attempted rendition of the Monster Mash song. That hints at my age.)

 I just found interesting  information online on the roly poly, also called pillbug (Carmadellium vulgare).

1. Pillbugs are crustaceans, not insects.

2. They breath through gills.

3. The juvenile molts in two sections. This explains why I didn’t find any more of the shed.

4. The mothers carry their eggs in a pouch.

5. They don’t urinate and have the ability to pass the ammonia gas through their exoskeleton.

6. The pillbugs can drink the regular way and can also take water in through their rear ends.

7. Pillbugs tighten into tight balls when threatened.

8. They eat their own poop. This has to do with the loss of copper.

9. Ones that look bright blue or purple have contracted a viral infection.

10. Their blood is blue.

Teeny Mushroom

The word teeny came to mind when I found this mushroom.

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It stood approximately 1 1/4 inch tall.

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The word delicate also came to mind.

The only word that didn’t come to mind was a name for this mushroom, even after checking all of my mushroom books.

Sign of Yard Visitors

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I don’t actually have to see all the visitors to know who’s been in our backyard.

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A stand of sumac trees in the back our yard had recent attention

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   from a deer rubbing its antlers on the young trees to remove the velvet.

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It looked like this was done recently.

A Short Morning Hike

So many of the blogs I follow have posted ones showing beautiful fall colors. I greatly enjoyed each one and was quite envious.


I was on the road that led to Eagle Mountain, where Buffy and I hiked a lot. The road is treacherous now with washed-out places that could flip a vehicle. Needless to say, we haven’t gone up there in over a year.


Buffy has a hurt hind leg. My husband watched her while I drove a loop over to Stone Face. The turkey vultures were apparently gathering and heading southeast.


Obviously, they didn’t take time to pose for pictures. A wider angle picture would’ve shown nearly 40 of them.


If these aren’t called pixie cups, they should be.

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A fresh buckeye butterfly landed on the edge of the dry creek. It will soon migrate south, because they don’t overwinter as far north as southern Illinois.


Here’s another picture to show off the fading fall colors.

Hopefully, they will be brilliant next fall.

Lone Resident

A groundhog family lived under our barn for months. They raised four young.


Apparently the family dispersed, and only one adult lives here now.

It looks like it plans to spend the winter here.


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