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Friday, 26 October 2018

Two short trails

On our last hike, my husband and I left the main trail at Strathgartney and trekked two short trails, Hemlock and Rock and Roll. The terrain was similar to the main trail but these areas were memorable for a number of reasons.


A bird’s nest in a fir tree was clearly visible from the trail. It was in a small tree less than two meters off the ground. We had never seen a nest in such an obvious place.





Two pieces of flat sandstone in two different locations, were perched against some trees. One had the name Ruben 1921-. 





The remainder was illegible. The second had marks but nothing legible.





Two broken tree trunks were covered in mushrooms, 





though of different types.





A burr on a trunk looked like a bear wrapped around the tree from one side 





and an alien blob from another angle.





One tree had an interesting root structure above ground but the moss covering some roots 





would soon encompass all.




And all around, the glory of autumn filled the spirit with wonder.





 




17 comments:

DJan said...

We have a trail with the same name, Hemlock, which I was on yesterday. I love your pictures of aliens growing on trees. :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I love that you observe so much on your hikes Marie, you see things that most would miss. I like it even more that we are lucky enough to see nature's treasures through your lens, merci beaucoup ✨

Secondary Roads said...

That was an interesting hike with you.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I've just returned from a stroll in the local wood and saw similar sights - even the aliens! It looks as though your autumn is a little more advanced than ours and at present we seem to have a shortage of fungi in this area as the woods seem too dry. The weather has plans to right the shortage of water in the next few days.

William Kendall said...

Weird how those burrs form on a tree trunk like that.

Debbie said...

that little nest is so close to the ground, making it so vulnerable. amazing what you see, when you take the time to look!! the last image of the tree, looked like a growling tiger to me ;)

bill burke said...

Some wonderful observations you had. The moss covering the roots is impressive and how it just grows over time covering it. Thanks for sharing your hike and thoughts with us.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I would be hesitant to attempt any trail named "Rock and Roll." Just sounds ominous!

Barbara said...

Those burrs are very interesting. It like playing the what does the cloud look like game. I'd love for my Grand Girls to see all these sites.

Elephant's Child said...

Echoing everyone else. I am so very grateful for your eye and camera.
I could see a sad face in the second piece of sandstone. A very sad face.

Down by the sea said...

I love those names for the trails and I enjoyed all the unusual things you found. Sarah x

Rhodesia said...

It is good to be so observant and even better that you share it with us :-) Have a good weekend Diane

Mage said...

Just a perfect walk. Yes, a very well built nest in the wrong spot. Yes, too, seeing nature at work and it's wonderful.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, wonderful nature photos from your walk. The moss on the tree is pretty and I love the fungi and the nest. Great post. Enjoy your day and weekend!

Catarina said...

I have never seen a tree trunk covered with so many mushrooms and moss. Nature still surprises me ... in a good way. :)

jenny_o said...

I wonder who placed the sandstone pieces, and what the story behind them is . . .

Beautiful nature shots.

Danielle L Zecher said...

The knot does look like a little koala bear, at least from the one side. I wonder if the sandstone pieces were tombstones? Or some kind of memorial markers?