I love close-up details! It was hard to pick just a few to share today from the August hikes. Hope you enjoy the ones I selected! Above is what I believe to be an inky cap mushroom. They go through several stages of appearance, most of them not nearly as attractive as this. They start out white and columnar, and then the cap starts to self-digest and ends up dripping in a tarry black mess off the edges till it disappears.
On one of our days off we went on a guided tour of Finnish heritage near Embarrass, Minnesota. The township is working hard to preserve the most unique of the remaining log buildings built by the Finns who settled the area. These tight dovetailed cabin corners are typical Finnish handwork. And I do mean handwork... all the cutting was done by hand. The picture below that just captured my fancy. It was not particularly typical for the Finnish barns to have these vents, but I liked how it looked!
I just like the colors and shapes in this one!
Finally, here is the root of a cedar tree hanging on to the cliffs along the Split Rock River.
I just can't leave Minnesota quite yet. I got pix of a mammal that was new to me. That was quite a surprise. Come back tomorrow to see it!
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