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.
Galax is common in SW Virginia, but rather rare right here. I have found only a few plants in one area. This one in bloom makes the search easier.
Crickets seem to be out earlier this year.
This tick was crawling on my dog, first time I have seen this species here. This has been a tick heavy summer so far.
This is an update on the growing black vulture chicks, they are about the size of chickens now. When disturbed, they make a most unusual sound, like Darth Vader breathing. Coming from an abandoned house deep in the forest, it is truly eerie. Does it scare away predators, or alert the parents?