Natural History at Murphy's Point
~ Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis) ~
If you remain watchful on a sunny day, you may encounter the occasional snake
basking in a warm spot before making its way to its hibernaculum.
~ Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis) inspects my camera lens ~
In autumn and winter, be on the look-out
for the many kinds of fungi that grow on trees throughout the park. August
through to October are good months during which to see mushrooms and other
soft-textured fungi. However, late autumn and winter are a good time to
study the woody-textured bracket fungi which are, perhaps, best appreciated
when competing vegetation is sparse.
~ Unusual cylindrical form of Phellinus igniarius fungi found on
an Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana) near the portage trail between Loon Lake and Hogg Bay ~
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