Partridge berries make nice ground cover and, of course, keep partridges fat and happy. One of these days I’ll get a shot of the berries but for now this pair of flowers (they are always in pairs) will do.
This was a first time looking at them so closely and all the fine hairs were a surprise. It was a challenge finding a composition I liked of the entire area. There were hundreds if not thousands of them covering the forest floor around the beaver pond formed of the dammed brook through North Quabbin.
Just a small portion of the colonies. Probably the closest thing I’ll find locally to one of Steve’s Texas florascapes.
Nearby I noticed this Amanita sp.
Such rich color sitting in the sunshine. I was able to shade the background with a little additional burning of a few hot spots to enable it to really stand out. There are a couple of possibilities as to the species but I don’t do spore prints or pick things in the wild. The one thing I know for sure is to not take a nibble. Amanitas are poisonous, some more deadly than others but none edible. I think there may be one or two exceptions to that but not worth the risk.