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Weird and wonderful

This is a macro shot of a fungus, found in the forest at Brown-Lowery Provincial Park on August 31st last year. Is this some kind of Saddle fungus? Several look fairly similar, so I'm not going to give an ID - don't want to mislead anyone if I can help it : ) They are strange looking mushrooms.


This morning, I went for a walk in Fish Creek Park with a few friends. When we met, I decided I was going to drive to the next part of the park, and would meet them there. The path was absolutely treacherous - it looked fairly clear but was covered in a sheet of dangerous black ice. Impossible to walk on. The same everywhere, including when I walked from my front door to my car - too icy to walk on the path, so had to plough through the snow to the side of the path. The roads were grim, too. It was a relief to be back home. Very overcast, as well. I had a neat experience at the far west end of the park, though. I was watching some little Black-capped Chickadees, when an enormous flock of Bohemian Waxwings arrived. They moved from one area of trees to the next, twittering the whole time. Then suddenly I found myself standing in the middle of the flock as they flew just over my head and within a couple of feet either side of me. Hundreds (thousands?) of them. Never had that happen before! Usually, they are high in the sky when I see them flying, not down low like this.

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Taken on August 31, 2010