Adam and I drove north to Mountain Loop Highway for a weekend of camping, hiking, and dutch oven cooking.
The big picture:
Bedal Camp (the loveliest car camping we've done):
Adam's "black pot" in action:
A misty river bend:
Big North Fork Waterfall:
Green trails (better in real life):
The little picture:
The Moss is taking over!
A white slime mold:
A banana slug:
A beautiful stump:
Bark filled with lichens and other fungi:
Blue staining pored fungus:
One TALL bryophyte (about 6 inches tall!)
Pink fruiting structure of this green lichen:
Lycopodium, an ancient, spore producing fern-ally
Cladonia cristatella, the British Soldier lichen:
And last, but not least...Barlow Cut:
The famous Barlow Cut to allow a mining railroad up the steep mountain pass.