I have always found mushrooms to not only be delicious, but fascinating...yeah, I know...kinda weird...LOL I was surprised and delighted to discover the 50+ species that live in Southern Alaska! Just FYI...there are over 5K in the Pacific Northwest AND....drum roll, please...between 40-55 thousand varieties worldwide!!! How cool is that?! That's the extent of stats, but here are a multitude of pics of mushrooms...many were found right in the museum park area. I spent quite a bit of time laying on the ground, moving grass to get stem and under cap shots....I AM retired, you know! LOL
We have been waiting for 3 months to see a moose on the loose...in nature! We have seen them at farms, etc...but not loose!!! One day Faye, volunteer extraordinaire, came into the museum exclaiming that a young bull moose had jumped the 8' fence and was wandering around in the yard! Almost simultaneously, Carl texted with the same info! I was on my way! I ran downstairs and out the back door to find Carl with camera in hand following the moose and waving me on! OMG!
|"Hey, wutchu lookin' at?"|
|"Hmmm, which way do I go?"|
|"I see you!"|
|"Can't a moose have a snack in peace?"|
|"Judi, be quiet!"|
|"I'm going in!!!"|
|"I bet they can't see me now!"|
"Oh, yes we can!" LOL
|A full grown moose would be about|
a foot or more taller and be sporting
a much larger rack!!
Someone told us this summer that he
and a friend would dare to snowmobile
under the body, between the legs of one!
Now, that's TALL!!!
|"YES, I'm still here! Geez!"|
Sure enough, there it was just walking around behind some of the equipment...then to the far end of the yard to have a little snack of leaves!!! At one point, you will see in the pics, it turned around and looked straight at us!!! Another bucket list item...CHECK!!!