|A shagbark hickory tree covered with galls (warts).|
|A tree festooned with Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia). Virginia Creeper has brilliant fall color and its berries are avidly sought by many forms of wildlife.|
|A close up of one of the dangly vines. I think this is artsy in a creepy kind of way.|
|A date stamp from a sidewalk on the west side of Lansing. It sure looks like "1935" to me.|
I talked to a couple of deer hunters today. They are seeing very few fawns this year. One estimated that he is seeing one fawn for every six mature does. Speculation.runs rampant. Some think it is due to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. Others blame coyotes.
The strong United States dollar and political tensions between Russia and the United States resulted in very low fur prices. There is very little incentive to trap raccoons, skunks and coyotes. The populations will bloom until they get whacked back by canine distemper or some other epidemic. It will be a tough time for ground nesting birds and fawns for a while.