We took another walk in the Palos forest preserves today, entering the trailhead for Cap Sauer Holdings at the pull-off on the south side of Route 83. It was a mild January morning, and we were immediately awed by the beauty of the forest. Last summer when we were here we did not stay long as the bugs were attaching us. But this time of year the temperature was just around freezing as the sun was starting to come up.
The path goes by a wetland where frog make loud noises in springtime. But we headed off the path to the left to where I have occasionally helped with cutting back and burning invasive honeysuckle bushes with a group of volunteers.
We came upon the ashes of a recent fire by the volunteers. I thought I saw some smoke rising and wondered if someone had been working there this week.
The different kinds of fungi caught our attention. I love the colors on this one.
Here is another view of a frosty fungus.
I love the brilliant green of this moss as the sun came up.
Near the end of our walk Dan saw two bucks. One ran away, but one stood still for a while and Dan was able to get this photo.
As we walked through the words we came to this stream, which was only frozen here and there because of the recent warm weather.
Water flowing over blockage in the stream
Coming up from the stream we followed a small path through the woods. We were not sure where it would lead.
After a while we came to a large prairie area that was surrounded by woods. The grasses must have fallen down from earlier snows. The path eventually led us to a larger trail, though we did not know what trail it was or where it would lead, so we retraced our steps and went back out the way we came in. In the springtime the floor of the forest in this nature preserve is covered with woodland wildflowers.
Back home again, it does not look like January outside. Yesterday I saw little bugs flying around in the warm air.
The blue fescue grass looked like it was growing and enjoying the sun.
I heard a bird song and it was this starling singing on top of a pole. We have had more woodpeckers and white-breasted nuthatches at the suet feeder along with the squirrels….