Our destination this day was the Woodcock Preserve on Tanner Road in Clifton Park (NY), a project of Saratoga PLAN.
Red oaks were plentiful, in all sizes.
A pignut, from a hickory of the same name.
These are probably the seeds of an aster. How lovely things like this are, when you pause and look closely.
This tiny spit gill fungus has a memorable name: Schizophyllum.
Our group stretched out a bit on this walk and I had moved on ahead with a few others. Thus, we missed the real hit of the day. Those coming along more slowly behind us found a very large garter snake, about two feet long. Unusual to see snakes out and about at this time of year. (My sister, a faithful reader of this blog, won't mind that I missed that photo opp. She's not a fan of large - or small- snakes.)
Now, where to next Thursday?
For information about nature programs and events available through ECOS, go here: http://www.ecosny.org/
For information about preserves and trails and other community resources available through Saratoga PLAN, go here: http://www.saratogaplan.org/