Oh gosh, but I must get back to my blog! It's not that I don't have much to report (Hah! Not likely, this burgeoning time of year!), it's just that I've been distracted by other concerns, like my daughter's illness and the death of a dear friend, and I just couldn't think of other things but those. Let me remedy this blogging hiatus by reporting on a lovely day tromping about in a small swamp along the road that climbs and descends Mt. McGregor in Wilton. My visit there was over a week ago.
This little swamp is lush and shady and green, with pools of standing water occupied by cattails and ferns and mosses and violets and -- here's why I always come here -- ORCHIDS!
Another interesting water-lover here was this tiny fungus, glowing orange globs atop translucent stalks rising from very wet mud. Called Bog Beacons (Matrula paludosa), this is a saprotrophic fungus, a recycler of dead plant material, and is only found in very wet habitats like mud or very shallow water.