Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Things I've Found in the Woods

Native wildflower edition. Early May is peak native wildflower time 'round these parts. The only thing missing from this all-star line-up is the native Lady Slipper Orchid - those will be out a little later in the month, the real MVPs of woodland beauties. I mean, hello. They're orchids. That grow in the woods. In New England.

 Marsh Marigolds

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (I let it get pretty wilted, sorry buddy!)

Trillium (I would normally never cut this many, as Trillium plants can take years to recover from having their flowers picked, but I found a mega stash of these pretties, so I went a little hog-wild.)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Things I've Found in the Woods

Here it is, the long-overdue, possibly anti-climactic return of Things I've Found in the Woods. I've been gathering bits and bobs of grossness for you, skins and feathers and bones. The things I have held for miles through the woods just to bring them home to photograph! Most of them recently deceased.

These are, I believe, from a fox. There was a skull along with them. I jammed a stick into the brain cavity and started home with my bounty. It didn't take long to realize there was a horrible, barf-inducing smell coming from the skull and a swarm of flies were following me. Even *I* don't like bones enough to deal with gooey brain cavities.