Mushrooms on the Trail

I’m starting to see more and more mushrooms on the trails as the months pass. If you’ve been reading my blog you know how much I love finding mushrooms. I’m always on the lookout for new ones but I am content to photograph the ones I’ve seen before – like this Common Mycena. 

Common Mycena

Common Mycena

Soon fall will be here and there will be many kinds of mushrooms to photograph along with fall colours. But let’s not rush it too much. I am enjoying my summer after all.  And there is a big road trip on the way to experience before fall even begins thinking about showing up (at least in the area where I live).

While photographing today I noticed a little American Toad just hanging out – okay he was probably hoping I would leave as quickly as possible but unlucky for him I didn’t. I had to catch a few photos before moving on. (Sorry little guy.)

American Toad BW

American Toad BW

My next post will be about my road trip to eastern Canada, specifically Nova Scotia and Newfoundland so stay tuned for those.

Unexpected Find

The last time I drove by the ditches filled with Purple Loosestrife it was overcast and very different than today’s beautiful blue skies. That means that I must stop again for a photo op. 

Bullrush

Bullrush & Loosestrife

As you can see there is quite a difference. In the last post the loosestrife was evenly lit while today you can see some harsh shadows. Overall I don’t mind the effect of the brighter sunlight but you have to be careful when shooting in this type of light.

One of the things about the Bruce Trail is that you never know what you will come across. Even when you’re not on the trail itself. This morning on the way to the trail I noticed something slowly shuffling along the road. As I got closer I noticed it was a snapping turtle.

Turtle on a Mission

Turtle on a Mission

I hoped that I could get a photo of it walking along but as soon as my car approached it and passed, it stopped and lay down. So much for that shot. I settled on getting this shot of the little guy/gal with my telephoto lens which kept me a safe distance away. Although those claws look dangerous its the mouth you have to stay away from if you want to keep your digits intact. Don’t get too close when photographing these creatures. With a telephoto lens you can stay back so as not to aggravate or stress the turtle. What an unexpected find!