This is a place I've featured often, because it's where the wonderful tulip tree is found. And you aren't going to get out of seeing it this time. All the leaves are gone, revealing the opened seed pods decorating the upper half.
There weren't any botanical surprises today... you'll have to settle for the beauty of familiar things. This is some shelf fungus on a dead beech tree.
Finally, another familiar plant, but I'm not sure I've shown it before. This is northern ground pine. It's a lycopodium (club moss). The taxonomy for this family is in complete chaos. DNA testing has thrown everything on its head, but these plants were always confusing anyway. So, this one is currently Diphasiastrum complanatum. It may stay put, because it's one of the most common. It looks like little Christmas Trees... a timely plant.
Loren took a few tulip seed pods home to decorate a wreath. I took pictures. Ellen took memories of another good hike.
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