Saturday, August 31, 2013

More mushrooms... 8/31/2013

A walk in the woods this morning produced these mushrooms. :

A better view of a cluster of Smooth Chanterelle

I have no idea.  Keep thinking I should come across a slime mold, maybe this is it. Will watch over next few days.

One of the most unusual mushrooms I've come across.  Will research.

Friday, August 30, 2013

A few pictures.  

First, a small Spotted Salamander.Ambystoma maculatum, I found under a rock on our property in late July.  Posed it on a rock, but left the dirt intact.  These widespread salamanders can grow to over 9" long.  More info at or wikipedia.

Thirsty?   This is Yahoola Creek next to the old water plant.  I took this picture while checking out a construction site for inadequate erosion controls, July 29,2013. This is Dahlonega's main source of water.

Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa)  thoughtfully posing by Yahoola Creek.  They are sexually dimorphic  (different markings on male and female)  This is a male.  For a comprehensive page on the Dragonflies and Damsel Flies (Odenates) in Georgia, or nearby southeast the go-to website is Giff Beaton's Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast:

Caridnal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis.  I luckily recognized it when small so I didn't mow it.  Popular with hummingbirds.

Bluish tinged mushroom.  8/30/13  on our property.

Large bright orange mushrooms popped up in our lawn.  Possibly a Smooth Chanterelle, Cantharellus lateritius.  Supposed to be edible, but without using a biological key consumption may be hazardous.  
August 30,2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Time to resume blog...

Just a few notes:

Found two Crane Fly OrchidsTipularia discolor, at different locations on our property in the past couple of weeks.  Mid August.

Encountered a robust Black Rat Snake, Pantherophis obsoletus. while working on my trail.  Ripper the dog didn't notice it. There are a large number of subspecies of this large and common snake including Grey Rat Snake, Yellow Rat Snake, Corn Snake to name a few.  48" +/- 8/26/13.

Found a little grey worm like snake under a rock today, trail work.  Most likely a Smooth Earth Snake, Virginia valeriae.  Grey color, belly not markedly different from dorsal, about 8" long +/-  8/27/13

I use the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecological Laboratory website, as my primary resource for all things herpatological.

Savannah River Ecology Laboratory