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The best-looking Monotropa spotted that day. They are fascinating plants. You can read more about them here.
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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.
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Ghost plant (Monotropa uniflora) was everywhere. This was the first batch I spotted.
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Old man fungus.
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A close up of one of the fungi in the previous picture.
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A branch fell off this tree. It did not take long for fungi to colonize it, as the wood was still solid.
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Fungus fruiting bodies on a fallen log.
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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.
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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.
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Yet another part of the path.
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This reminds me of walking through a woods in Florida, with sugar sand soil.
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The trails are minimally maintained, but they do clear the trunks of fallen trees.
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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.
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Another specimen of the same plant. Again, I think it is evening primrose (Oenothera biennis).
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I'm not sure which flower this is. This is why you always take a good field guide with you. I believe that it is evening primrose (Oenothera biennis), but picking flowers in the preserve is not allowed, and I did not take more diagnostic photographs.
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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.
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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.
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A gossamer spiderweb hidden in the grass. It's amazing what you see when you look down, but most people never do. They just trample over them.
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Another specimen of Solidago. There are over 100 species, and it is difficult to identify individual species without specialist knowledge.