Some towns to our west, in Cayuga County, have had flooding recently. Eight inches of rain over two weeks, and the woods are filled with fungus. I know little of wild mushrooms, so no one should rush out to eat this on my say-so, but I think this is what the old folks call “sheepshead”. You can get an idea of size from the oak leaf in the top right corner, of the first photo.  Kind of sloppy ground for walking, but also kind of neat.  So many fungus, almost glowing in the dim woods, it struck me that a coral reef was taking root.  While I was away last summer, there was a drought, and everyone reported on all the little streams that pretty much dried up, but they’re now going full tilt.












Finger Lakes, FLX, hiking, Upstate New York

Pictures of Upstate New York. July. Eight inches of rain


11 thoughts on “Pictures of Upstate New York. July. Eight inches of rain

    • Thanks, Pit! Yes, the park where we walked had received 1.5 inches of that rainfall in one hour, and had a little flood. The park employees where cutting up trees and hauling limbs out of the little gorge. Some of the pedestrian bridges over the stream were destroyed by the logjams. But it’s nice to see everything green again after last summer’s drought.

  1. I weep, no rain here in the Australian Mallee for eight months – its winter now and should rain every other day.
    Great pix, I’d learn more about fungi if we had them here, they’re fascinating.

    • Thank you, I’m going to try to learn a bit more about wild fungus and mushrooms.
      So if you don’t hear from me, it means I mis-identified one of the toxic ones.
      Wow, eight months, that’s a long dry spell. Here, we’re running up our electric bill, running a dehumidifier 24/7 and wiping mildew off the window frames.

  2. That’s a marvelous fungus. There’s one that a friend in Virginia treasures; it’s called Chicken of the Woods, and apparently is tasty, as well as being quite large. The only ones I’ve eaten are the morels, and they’re delicious, but other than that, I’m not eating anything I find in the woods. Well, except for venison.

    We’re getting rain on a regular basis. It’s scattered, and intermittent, which means that it’s typically summertime rain. But it’s left us more than usually green for this time of year. I found a glorious field of bluebells in bud, and went back four days later to photograph them. The only problem? The grasses had grown up so much in that time that the flowers were barely visible. Nature!

    • When I looked this one up, to see if it’s edible (but I didn’t try it) saw that it’s also called Hen-of-the-woods (but different from Chicken…) The article mentioned it favors oak trees, and that’s just where I saw this big one.
      We just keep getting rain, and a bit east of where this was, Cortland County, has got flooding, roads closed and getting washed out. I haven’t seen any unusual wildflowers, but with all the watering, even the usually scruffy-looking chicory along the roads is looking pretty spruce, full of blooms.

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