- Al Sabo 26
The best-looking Monotropa spotted that day. They are fascinating plants. You can read more about them here.
- Al Sabo 25
Another batch of Monotropa. Sometimes the stalks were clustered together like this, at other times, several individual stalks were located over a 1-meter radius.
- Al Sabo 24
Ghost plant (Monotropa uniflora) was everywhere. This was the first batch I spotted.
- Al Sabo 23
Old man fungus.
- Al Sabo 22
A close up of one of the fungi in the previous picture.
- Al Sabo 21
A branch fell off this tree. It did not take long for fungi to colonize it, as the wood was still solid.
- Al Sabo 20
Fungus fruiting bodies on a fallen log.
- Al Sabo 19
I've always had a soft spot for most types of fungi. Here is a fine-looking pair of young puffballs. For more about puffballs, read this.
- Al Sabo 17
I seem to take a lot of pictures of paths when I am in the woods. I sometimes feel that my entire photography career is just photographing potential covers for a new edition of Walden.
- Al Sabo 18
Yet another part of the path.
- Al Sabo 16
This reminds me of walking through a woods in Florida, with sugar sand soil.
- Al Sabo 15
The trails are minimally maintained, but they do clear the trunks of fallen trees.
- Al Sabo 14
At one moment you are in the middle of a deep woods, you see a break overhead in the path ahead. You step out and see this.
- Al Sabo 10
A close-up of the sassafras. A tea can be made from the bark of the roots. It's supposed to be delicious, but a lot of work to prepare safely.
- Al Sabo 9
A small specimen of sassafras (Sassafras albidum). You can see the characteristic four different shapes of leaves. Although many plants have different leaves at maturity than they do when they are young, it is unusual to see so many different leaf shapes at the same time. For more about sassafras, read this.
- Al Sabo 1
There is an attractive mix of forest and open prairie around the edges of the preserve.
- Al Sabo 3
This is big tick country. Bare legs or insect repellent is a must.