“She seemed a compound of the autumn leaves and the winter sunshine …” ― Virginia Woolf, Night and Day
That’s the way this day in late November felt, now recollected: a compound of autumn leaves and winter sunshine, walking woods and field, the small system of Winant Trails in the state capital of Concord, New Hampshire.
Autumn leaves aplenty, some still clinging, many underfoot:
And the sunshine!
Sunshine on wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), some wine-leaved with red berries …
And sunshine on this claw-like fungus …
I think this is turkey tail fungus (Trametes versicolor) but it might be false … I think because I can see tiny pores, it’s the real thing:
Here’s a little jelly fungus:
Some other little things —
Partridge berry (Mitchella repens), which has berries all winter long:
Leaves and stem of another prostrate forest floor plant, trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens), whose white or pink flowers I look for in May here in N.H.:
This was another little thing I saw, not completely natural:
And then these green washes: algae on fungi in a stump, like a gaping mouth with vertical teeth …
… And greenness on this log; what made the perfect little holes?:
Moss grows in a cut tree stump:
Random trees are labelled:
And there’s a fenced-in water tank at the top of the trails:
A clearing midway up the trails provides long views of far-off mountains:
In fact, you can see snow on one mountain, which was not widespread in late November but is covering everything here now.