Seeing spots

Yellow-spotted salamander was taking a night-time stroll across the porch on Friday night.

Spotted salamander
Spotted salamander generally lives underground, but comes out to seek a mate in the spring.
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Red and green

Tiny as they are, the bright red of these fruiting bodies really stands out against the gray-green of the lichen clump.

Jelly fungus

Climbing a ridge off the beaten path, I was struck by the glow as the noontime sun backlit an orange jelly fungus growing through a slit in the bark of a dead tree. Seems that no matter how many times we traipse the ancient woods, there is always something new.

Signs of spring

About nine days ago, Arkansas saw record low temperatures. Today, the sun is shining and the mercury hit 69 degrees by mid-afternoon. It’s the perfect day for a photo safari and time to take to the deer trails and old logging road in search of spring.

Birdland

Been a while since we posted. We had a couple rounds of heavy winter weather and being trapped away from home for days at a time. Nice to be back home. Between bouts of wintry mix, the birds came out and did what birds do.