Spring scout

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  1. Reno Lewis

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    Decided to go and see if I could find some cougar tracks yesterday. No go.

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    Whole bunch of Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla) a natural insect repellent.

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    Just some spring forest sounds. Audio is a tad quiet.




    Accidental photo, thought it turned out kinda neat.

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    Just showing how I carry my kit.




    Full kit list:

    *On person*
    ~Paramilitary 2
    ~Thrunite Ti3
    ~Phone (picture/video)
    ~Winkler Field Knife
    ~Heavy leather belt
    ~Ferro rod
    ~Walking stick

    *In haversack*
    ~Counter Assault bear spray
    ~Shemagh
    ~Basic IFAK
    ~Large ferro rod
    ~Full fire kit
    ~Tru Nord compass
    ~75' tarred twisted #12 bank line
    ~Fenix HL60R headlamp
    ~Bug spray
    ~Bahco Laplander



    My tools for the day.

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    Multiple Maple trees growing from a now mostly buried nurse stump.

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    My waxed Finn gas mask bag from @5col


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    The way the sun was illuminated the center of this grove was kinda neat.

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    ~Continued...
     
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    There was something in that dark spot right above my stick, breaking twigs. I was alerted to it by a bunch of really pissed birds being spooked in that area just moments before.

    As I crouched down and watched, I could see whatever it was moving the evergreen branch that concealed it.

    Bear? Cat? Either way, it backed off as I began speaking loudly.

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    Some random macro photography.

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    Found some cool fungi. Perhaps @Stone has some idea what it is?

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    I accidentally walked up on this Robin nest without knowing it.

    Mama bird was pissed! Right after taking a picture, I cleared my throat, and didn't think that it would sound more like a growl than anything... Literally scared the poop out of her.

    I never thought a robin could look homicidal... :oops:



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    And with that, I left mama bird in peace and headed home.

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    Nice thread! Thanks for the heads up. I've only scanned it so far -- just got back in from an afternoon in my backwoods; shower is next, then dinner -- I'll be back to look at pics and comment later tonight ...
     
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    awesome photos man! Love that alder lined path........
     
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    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Didn't get back here last night. I got back in so late from my "afternoon/evening" walk -- summer day length at this latitude makes the cold, darkness of winter (more) tolerable -- and by the time I ate dinner and had a couple of gin/oj's, I hit the sack early. Today, I'm back in the studio all day -- launching a hugely important video series for my project (details elsewhere ;) ) -- so haven't surfed here yet. But I will! Tonight? Tomorrow? ... I will. And address your fungus question.

    Short answer for now: I haven't a clue. Of the five kingdoms, my knowledge of fungi ranks dead last, even below bacteria. :confused: If it weren't for strong, nearly-incontrovertible DNA/RNA/metabolic evidence to the contrary, <joke> I'd swear they're from another planet in a galaxy far, far away, brought here during a psilocybin/DMT trip by Terrance McKenna or somebody like him. </joke>

    I can tell you a few generalities about their biology -- structures and stuff -- but ID? You'd be better off asking a pine tree. :D

    However, I've got a few things to say about those critters growing near it, that I think are hornworts.

    But I'll get back to you ...
     
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