White Pines and Trout Waters

I’ve been seeing lots of huge white pines recently. Here’s the bark


And here’s a bit of prose I shared with you earlier, from Henry David Thoreau


I also hiked by some beautiful trout streams and wanted to give a shout out to my brother, Pete


He would have worked these waters while I made excuses as to why I was not catching anything


Today was wrinkly acorn day


A four lobed sassafras, like a four leafed clover


I went left, it being a Tuesday and all


A few other nice moments of the day


And the fungi were looking good 


Some American chestnuts from a rare nut producing tree


Rolling on,

Junco

Thunder Ridge

Spent most of the day today climbing steeply to the top of Thunder Ridge, and then along the ridge to its southern terminus at Apple Orchard Mountain.

Saw some fine wood forms

This one had some human facial features


The guillotine

What would a day be like without some fungi?

The Blue Ridge parkway

Some fine views

And a few others


A little terrarium in a log

Living the good life,

Junco

High Cock Knob

Love the way this guy moves:


Like many of Virginia’s highest peaks, High Cock Knob is wooded at the top and offers no views. 

However, what I saw along the way was fabulous


I loaded full resolution photos today because I had a strong signal. 
Can u tell?

Continually amazed by the beauty of this place, 

Junco

The James

    Crossed a few tributaries of the James River this afternoon

    Later, arrived at the  James itself

    Earlier in the day, it was foggy

    Crossed the Blue Ridge Parkway

    About midday, a climb got me above the clouds

    Saw a few other things of interest during the day

    Loves the way this vine had “suction cups” at the kale adding edge

    Immature pokeweed

    I think the acorn below (in the stump) has a promising future


    That’s the James as we were approaching it


    Another very fine day,

    Junco

    Here comes the sun

    I can’t tell you excited I was to hike for a whole day, knowing that that it was not going to rain. It started out very foggy but then cleared by late morning.



      It still feels more like late summer, than fall. Not really cool yet and most of the leaves are still green.

    There are some nice colors in the forest 

    Here is a cool frog I caught today. Anyone want to help me identify it?

    Resending the frog photos

    They may not have uploaded in the original post

    What skinny animal lives in here?


    An anteater terrier mix?


    These stalked orange mushrooms are similar to both chicken of the woods and chanterelles. Not sure what they are 


    Some more scenes from today.


    Sleeping out with no fly (rain tarp) over my tent – how sweet!!!!

    Junco

    The Priest

    Climbed one of the taller peaks in Virginia yesterday – the Priest. The ascent was over 3000 feet.

    Rained all day, especially up high. Got a few photos in before it got too wet.

    Some great fungi


    A cool turtle


    Some pretty leaves


    Some interesting wood/tree images


    And a few others


    Even a couple views


    I learned that duct tape can repair torn hiking shorts ( and can withstand the washing machine)


    Some sun predicted today!!

    Junco