Thursday, July 10, 2008

"Allegany Nature Pilgrimage" (moss, lichens, fungus, dragonflies and moths) 5-31-08

This is a continuation of my weekend at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage at the end of May. This post I have some pictures of fungus, lichens and moss from the non flowering plants hike I took led by Alice Brown.
This is a fungus I've seen growing on my land in Clarence Center NY, in the Adirondack mtns. and at Allegany. It's a fungus I identified as Trametes Versicolor, the common name is Turkey Tail, so named because of the variable bands of color. I've seen it in all seasons which makes it kind of fun to look for, check dead trees and branches on the ground etc. I read on a website that a tea can be made from it and that it's used to fight cancer and hiv. Don't quote me on that but it's what I read, I do know that mushrooms can be very good for you. I wouldn't recommed going out and eating these mushroom book (Simon and Schuster's Guide to Mushrooms- Excellent Book!) says that it's inedible because of texture.
This is a flat fern type of moss, I don't know my mosses yet so if someone can help me out here. I have to look for a good field guide, you know...tall, dark, handsome! really, the kind with pages is fine!
This is a picture of mosses on the side (type?) and in the center is a type of lichen, foliose type I think. I've always liked the cool color of the green patina copper gets when it's out in the elements.
Then there was the night I was headed to bed, enhausted from all the hikes and early mornings, but saw this show-stopping Luna Moth! Wayne Gall had a simple white sheet up each night with a really bright light to attract all kinds of bugs. I never imagined I'd ever see a Luna Moth and there it was! Wow! It caused quite a bit of excitment. I definitley have to do a painting with one of those in it. Notice the large.
This is a page from my sketchbook, just some quick sketches of the dragonfly talk led by Jeremy Martin. Below is a picture of a dragonfly that just came out of the 'Exuvia', or shed skin. That's what I did the small sketch of above. I have written in my sketchbook that I took a picture of a Springtime Darner...maybe that's the type below.
Well as I said, not too many drawings on this Nature Pilgrimage...I needed the whole following week to stay there and digest all that I learned, and go back and sketch things. Be sure to check my post about Thunder Rocks coming up!

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