Along the Blue Ridge Parkway
This yellow jacket nest was dug up by a bear. Pieces of the nest cells were scattered around several meters. A few angry insects were still in the ground. A bear was sighted nearby, see previous posting.
This photo was taken by my trail camera on Aug 4. I do not post observations that I do see myself. Yesterday, 16 Oct 2014, I saw a bear crossing behind me, a smaller individual, I would estimate 100 lbs, probably a yearling. I found were a bear had dug up a yellow jacket nest just up the trail, see next posting.
PS. Leave angry yellow jackets alone.
The bark is very interesting and caught my attention.
Closed bottle gentian is rare at this location. I have only discovered this plant, and another one located about 400 meters away (Oct 15 2011). When not in bloom, they are impossible to distinguish from other ground plants.
A mature Chinese chestnut in the same area as the planted American chestnut
One of a number of test trees planted in cooperation with the American Chestnut Foundation.
Many of these around in the woods towards the end of summer
Found on a mocker nut hickory
A large raft of birds 200 meters off the Lake shore. Not sure of ID
Uncertain as to what this is?
I am not yet at the point where I can ID mosses, something I will enjoy learning. The spore forming bodies on this should help.