A small collection of interesting bracket fungi from a walk in the woods.
A dragonfly rests on a wooden step. A moment after this picture, it took off hunting again.
Two caterpillars share a blade of grass. Father Pitt does not know what kind of moth or butterfly they will grow into, but as caterpillars they have a particularly tasteful black-and-white design.
Another butterfly (this one Colias philodice) on a Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). The Clouded Sulphur seems to be nothing but a plain yellow butterfly as it flutters past, but a close examination reveals bright pink antennae and a pink rim around the wings.
This colorful slime mold, Fuligo septica, is known to gardeners as the Dog Vomit Fungus, but it is not a fungus. Slime molds are fascinating beings more closely related to amoebas than to mushrooms, and you should really read up on them. For example, this species has a worldwide distribution, and Wikipedia helpfully informs us that “in Estonian mythology it was thought to be leftovers from kratt.” That, of course, tempts us to find out what a kratt is; it turns out to be “a creature formed from hay or of old household implements by its master, who then had to give the devil three drops of blood for the devil to bring life to the Kratt.” That in turn tempts Father Pitt to find out a lot more about Estonian mythology.
Father Pitt has tried to adjust the color to make the bright yellow as close as possible to what he actually saw, but some colors in nature are simply too vivid to reproduce accurately on your screen.
Having constructed her web, a beautiful red spider sits and waits and thinks, “If only I had a book to read…”