25 September 2010

Best Use of a Boathouse for Fishing

The award goes to an Osprey, hanging upside down by one leg on a boathouse in Lake Minnetonka.
By hiding itself in the shadow of the boathouse, the osprey can wait undetected for its prey.
Most often, ospreys will hover above the water looking for fish, which makes up 99% of their diet.
This clever bird has figured out how to set up for an aerial dive with little effort and lots of disguise.

18 September 2010

A Day in the Wildhood looking for Fungi

One of the five major kingdoms of living organisms, fungi is often inconspicuous,
hidden in soil or dead trees, not seen until it "fruits' in the form of mushrooms.

Fungi plays a critical part of the ecosystem breaking down 
dead organic matter into useful nutrients for soil.

Mushrooms can be beneficial food to humans as well as extremely poisonous.
This is an oyster mushroom, a common edible, that is found growing on trees.

These photos were taken in Wolsfeld Woods.

17 September 2010

Fond Memories of Summer

Campfire, Potato Lake 2010