Nature Walk

I live in North Carolina, where summer lasts from approximately April to September (and sometimes goes into October, if you can believe it). And when I say summer, I mean humidity, very little rain, and temperatures well above 80 degrees. There will be days when it’s nice and cool out and you can open your windows without choking on clouds of humidity, but then a thunderstorm brings another warm front through and you’re back in summer again. Basically, if you live in North Carolina, and you have a nice cool day in September, don’t believe for a second that fall has finally arrived. Chances are, you’ll be back to summer again in less than a week.

The good thing about the “eternal summer” is that flowers and other green, colorful things last a bit longer. And one of the only things I like about the humid conditions and random rainfalls is that afterwards, mushrooms pop up everywhere. So this is a post in which I become a nerd and talk about things like fungi and plants.

This is the only rose in the garden that has lasted into October and has not been destroyed by insects. I forget what cultivar/variety it is, but it smells lovely. (I wish this blog had a scratch-and-sniff feature…)

I think this is the biggest mushroom I have seen in my entire life. It was hiding under a shrub, so I almost missed it. It’s odd how it looks like it’s just standing on the ground like someone put it there.

A tiny puffball (I don’t think it’s bigger than an inch in diameter) that sprouted by the driveway.

This fungus looks almost like a flower. I liked the rosy color. I saw a few others that looked like this, but they were green and moldy.

The one that’s falling over looks like an animal or insect tried to eat parts of it. I think they’re just smaller versions of the big one that I posted above.

Another of those orange-topped mushrooms with white spots.

Bugs apparently like these.

The star-shaped red flower is a type of vine (I think it’s actually a weed) that grew around the chrysanthemums. They looked pretty together.

 And here’s a wolf spider (since Halloween is coming up) that was sitting on my porch. It was one of the bigger spiders I’ve seen, and I think it was carrying its babies on its back. It has a slightly “furry” look about it. All those spiderlings are kind of creepy.

I would have tried to take a picture of a gray squirrel, bird, or deer (the three most ubiquitous wild animals where I live), but I have a hard enough time taking pictures of stationary things. 🙂

11 thoughts on “Nature Walk

  1. Beautiful shots, my dad lives in North Carolina, in Elizabeth City. He told me on some days it is like summer there.Up here in Maine, the trees are shedding their leaves, the flowers are almost gone, and the tempera.tures drop down 30;s at night, and rise to the low 60;;s in the day time.

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      1. Thank you for responding, Maine is a beautiful state. To enjoy what Maine has to offer, you should visit our state if you ever get a chance. .

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  2. Lovely photos there. I am particularly fascinated by the fungi – here in London you’d never see those sprouting near your street! (You can go out of London to see mushrooms, but their appearance is nowhere near of those in your photos!)

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  3. Love the spotted mushroom! We don’t have anything like that (that I’ve ever seen) in the California central valley. It looks like it came out of a fairy tale book.

    The spider is really really really really really scary. Exponentially more so if there’s a mass of spiderlings on its back. Eeeee. *scrolling back up to the mushroom for cheer and comfort*

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  4. This was an unexpected pleasure, Maggie!

    I don’t eat fungus but am fascinated by mushrooms and toadstools. Especially the ones that appear overnight and keep getting bigger and bigger.

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