Devin Peipert picked me up at 5.15am this morning, and we went to the Lost Valley:
On the way, dawn was lovely:
We crossed the Missouri river:
The trail looked green, cool and inviting:
We walked around, using our binocs:
We saw many wildflowers:
This one seems to be of the Begonacae sp, common in India, too:
This was a "regular" mushroom:
and this was a conch-shaped mushroom that I've never seen before.
I made Devin put his hand next to it for scale:
Some berries (blackberries? I don't know) caught our attention:
The Thistle may be a common weed, but it's so beautiful!
We saw several
and I caught this one:
The woody vines looked beautiful:
This was the only (lousy) shot of the
that I got, far away in the heavy foliage:
foraged along the path,but were quickly driven away by hikers:
We watched a few
foraging, and I got a quick video of the "turning-the-page" action:
As we came out, an
sat on the wire to bid us goodbye:
We then went to the Busch Conservation Area:
The water body, full of yellow lotuses, was a sight for sore eyes...
On some of them,
were feeding; this is behaviour I'd not seen before.
A small (probably DOWNY) woodpecker was doing the same on the lotus blossoms!
On a tree branch (an unusual perch, Devin says) sat a
BROWN THRASHER (the state bird of Georgia):1
Here's Devin, talking to Those At Home:
And enjoying some masala chai:
It might not have rained bird-sightings, but it was a most enjoyable morning!
For the photos on my FB album,