jo-bi-one What a relaxing time I had while I was watching this presentation. Thanks for sharing these happy moments with us.
Nice trails are in your area, I'm quite envious.
smilin7 from the other side
smilin7 hanging on a thread (a thin vine), bits of bark = odd but beautiful
smilin7 hard to see, but lots of shelf fungus growing up this trunk = first we saw on this trail
smilin7 healthy, happy holly branches (I was pleased to see a lot of native holly in these woods)
smilin7 the strength of trees (these 3 large upright branches grew from one horizontal trunk (how does the main trunk stay rooted, and not topple over?
smilin7 closer view (trunk painted blue as an older side trail marker)
smilin7 hollow! HOW do trees survive like this?
smilin7 Warren the woodsman!
smilin7 I call this "the conductor" (Can you see him?)
smilin7 What does Holly see in these branches?
smilin7 a little person, holding on for dear life, saying, "Help, help!" (do you see him?)
smilin7 beautiful bluets (the shadow of my camera allows you to see them in the glare of the sun)
smilin7 lichen cluster on a tiny twig; nature is beautiful in its many forms and textures
smilin7 Eastern-eyed click beetle! I used to love to find these as a kid in New Jersey; it'd been years since I had seen one!
smilin7 Warren spotted him on this trunk (treasure for the day)
smilin7 dancing! Do you see the trees shaped like a human, arms in a circle, one knee slightly raised, ready to twirl!
smilin7 This fallen tree looked like he was trying to crawl to safety (my imagination runs wild in the woods)
smilin7 sap from a cut/wound in the tree
smilin7 see how it oozed out in a glob?
smilin7 looked odd, caught Warren's attention
smilin7 glorious greenery, a gentle breeze, a beautiful beech tree
smilin7 We saw several of this type of butterfly
smilin7 evidence of washout
smilin7 fern furled in an interesting way (spores)
smilin7 an arch
smilin7 partridge berry
smilin7 another strongly rooted tree, see how the trunk curves over and up?
smilin7 Warren the woodsman & trail clearer
smilin7 I wonder who stacked these here, and why? (teepee?)
smilin7 caught in the fork of another tree (arching above us)
smilin7 inspecting the honeysuckle
smilin7 vines and greenery
smilin7 LOTS of ticks (we removed over 20 from our clothing!)
smilin7 We encountered a runner, a few other hikers, and four folks on horseback during our 5-hour hike. But most of the time we had the trails to ourselves.
smilin7 What do you look for / notice when you take walks in the woods? Please visit http://lewwwp.com/profiles/blogs/a-5-hour-hike and let us know]! [Or you can leave comments directly here on PhotoPeach
smilin7 a very pleasant morning
smilin7 Lots of trails (we were parked near the dog park)
smilin7 Do you have dog parks in your area?
smilin7 clearly marked trail tags
smilin7 tiny blossoms greeted us
smilin7 interesting foliage (must identify this flower)
smilin7 Sun-splashed daisies were scattered along many sections of the trail(s)
smilin7 We saw a few of these "to lunch" signs (???)
smilin7 and then laughed when we saw this sign!
smilin7 I had just commented to Warren that this section of the trail looked a little spooky (lots of dead branches, dark). We turned a curve on the path and then saw:
smilin7 [Can you see the "lasso" (waiting to catch us?) and the deer skeleton in the patch below the 'lasso'?]
smilin7 Soccer field; happy kids
smilin7 admiring an older 'king of the hill' tree
smilin7 sun-dappled trail
smilin7 pretty bark
smilin7 Recent rains led to heavy flooding in this area. We saw evidence of the water being 10+ feet higher than normal!
smilin7 This bridge was moved right off its foundation and about two feet to the left! Wild!
smilin7 from this side the bridge looks OK. This is where Warren was standing in the previous photo, looking DOWN several feet at the creek)
smilin7 May not be easy to see, but Warren's pointing to where the water level had been from the flood (over 10 feet above the creek!)
smilin7 Looking down from the bridge today you could barely see the water!
smilin7 "painted" fern :D [The "paint" is mud residue from the floods]
smilin7 What is he? (she?)
smilin7 butterfly-orange wings, but about the size of a horsefly (anyone know what this is?)
smilin7 lousy photo, but the neon geen stripe is the body of a colorful dragonfly
smilin7 more 'painted' fern
smilin7 Palmyra, Virginia: May 31, 2014, a five-hour hike