The moose pond on Two-Mile Creek is golden and tawny, elderberries lay heavy on the banks. I saw a huge cow moose here last week, but no wildlife today.
Mushrooms are everywhere. I understand that the squirrels, mice, birds and deer are very fond of them. That is, if the bears leave any for the rest of the forest family.
The subtle shades of the many forms of fungi add a note of sweet harmony to the autumn landscape.
It is interesting that so many of the fungi appear edible, the animals enjoy them, but they can be poisonous to humans. Watch Out! Never harvest or consume a wild mushroom unless you are an expert. Then think twice, as many have "evil" twins.
This year I have seen many more mushroom varieties than in previous years. They are thick on the banks of the creek, under the cedar trees and on the edge of the stream. Perhaps it is because we have had a rather wet summer. Thanks goodness - no forest fires to speak of - nature has been kind.
The fungi comes in every shape and form. These little fungi were so delicate and resembled a calla lily; white with a deep pink tint to the edges. These were found in a very dark spot under the giant cedars.
We found mushrooms at many different elevations - from 3200 feet to 6850 on Mink Peak. The bears should be fat this season with such an abundant harvest.