Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fall 2013

A really busy, but awesome fall, condensed.

Spent most of my time looking at, growing, weighing, dissecting, caressing, keying, watering, fertilizing, pressing and reading/writing about chenopods.

Atriplex sp. fruiting bracts. This is probably A. rosea, though the bracts are longer and rounder than any other
A. rosea I have run into recently. 

However, I got in some wonderful camping in the mountains with friends (and the new old truck!).

Camping with the new old truck!

Where we found a few mushrooms. Some edible.

We ate chantarelles for awhile (3 meals a day for basically weeks). 

Found one lion's mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus).

And some not:

Scaly chantarelle, Gomphus flocossus

I even took a trip home, where I learned how to differentiate the plumages of adult and 2nd winter Ring-billed Gulls (among all sorts of wonderfulness of being in New England in November and seeing family and friends). 

2nd winter Ring-billed Gull. Note the uniformly dark primaries without white spotting. Also the blueish legs and bill.

2nd winter, in front, with two adults, behind. 

I'm about to depart on all sorts of adventures (Bahamas! Jordan and Israel!), I'll update this again at some