Reader James Blilie sent some landscapes, plant, and fungi photos; his notes are indented:
White pine (Pinus stroba) left foreground and red pine (Pinus resinosa) right foreground and cottonwood trees (Populus deltoides), background, along the St. Croix River. Minnesota in the foreground, Wisconsin in the background.
Some newly-emerged leaves (not sure of species):
Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), an early emergent:
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), one of the first-emerging forest plants. The cool spring has slowed all the emergence down.
Mushrooms. After doing a little research, I think these are Coprinellus micaceus:
And have a new contributor today: Garry VanGelderen, with these pictures taken at Penetanguishene, Ontario, about 80 miles north of Toronto.
Finally, lagniappe from reader Bruce Thiel, whose fossil preparations I’ve shown before (e.g., here). These photos were in an email titled, “30 MYO crab starts its return journey to the ocean.” His explanation:
Thirty million years ago, the Oregon coast was 50-70 miles inland. This crab was fossilized in a concretion in the bedrock and over the course of several million years was lifted several hundred feet upward and 50 miles inland. Storms and erosion finally set it free and it started tumbling down the creek on its way back to the ocean. The erosion from tumbling has taken its toll, exposing the remains of the crab inside. Will it make it back to the ocean before being reduced to a grain of sand? In this case, it was rescued and set free with small pneumatic tools to show the remains of the extinct Pulalius vulgaris crab inside.