Two Newts eluded my lens at Rakes Mill Pond
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.
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.
Many of these around in the woods towards the end of summer
Found on a mocker nut hickory
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.
Considered an invasive, but I love the berries better than native raspberry.
The meadow is at peak bloom and growth. I am trying to ID some of the many grasses. A retired Virginia Tech biologist has assisted me.
I have been observing a black vulture nest for the past two months. The two chicks hatched on about 2 May, and fledged on 6 July. I now see them on top of the abandoned house were the nest was. Note; a fox and a possum were caught on camera in the building with the chicks two days before fledging, but did not appear to disturb the now adult sized birds.
This fox visited the abandoned house that has been the site of a black vulture nest for the past two months. The 'chicks' at full size were present. They fledged two days later.