On September 24, 2016 the WooFDriver and his crew took to the C&O Canal to embark on a mushing adventure when they came across these mushrooms. They are believe to be Dryad’s Saddle (Polyporus Squamosus) mushrooms. These mushrooms can be easy to recognize by their large size and flattened scales. They grow on hardwood trees that are both live and standing, and also on fallen trees that are logs and stumps.
Mushroom Experts Website to learn more about these mushrooms
On June 6, 2016 while Free Range running the WooFPAK, the WooFDriver saw these wispy flowers of what I believe to be the Johnson Grass(Sorghum halepense) in the fields. This grass is considered to be one of the top ten worst weeds in the world! It thrives in crop field, spreading so quickly that it can easily take over the fields, choking out farmed crops.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about these grasses.
On June 9, 2016 while out Free Range running the WooFPAK, the WooFDriver saw these beautiful flowers in the field! The Ox-Eye Daisy(Leucanthemum vulgare) is a common wildflower that grows in fields and meadows. This perennial grows one to three feet high and can spread a foot wide. In some habitats it is considered to be an invasive species.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about this beautiful flower!
On December 21, 2015 while on a Mushing adventure of the GAP Trail in the area of Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania the WooFDriver noticed these mushrooms growing on a tree. Pleurotus Mushrooms are a genus of gilled mushrooms that grow on trees. They are found in diverse climates throughout the world and can be found on both hardwood and conifer trees. These mushroom caps can be attached to trees without stems.
Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about these mushrooms
Here is video footage of the tree!
While observing the birds WooFDriver captured what I believe to be a Red Elderberry Bush (Sambucus Racemosa L.). The Red Elderberry provides good food and cover for birds and other small animals. Hummingbirds also visit these plants to collect nectar from its flowers. It is of the Honeysuckle family growing from 10-20 feet tall.
USDA’s Webpage to learn more about this plant
On October 10, 2015 while out on a Free Ranging adventure with the WooFPAK the WooFDriver came across what appears to be Fairy Ring Mushrooms in the woods. These mushrooms do not actually form a perfect circle and before people understood them they thought this was a result of fairies dancing at night leaving a ring of mushrooms the next morning. This variety of mushroom grows on the ground and are mostly found in forested areas but also can be found in fields, lawns or by roadsides.
Rogers Mushrooms Webpage to learn more about these mushrooms
Wildman Steve Brill Website another place to find more information about these mushrooms
The WooFDriver was out Free Range running the WooFPAK when they came across this dead tree with Turkey Tail Mushroom(Trametes Versicolor) growing on it. It is commonly found throughout the world with different color variations. These older mushrooms that the WooFDriver saw, can have green algae growing on them making them appear green.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about this mushroom
The WooFPAK was out Free Range running the fields when the WooFDriver noticed these beautiful fragrant flowers! The “Black Knight” Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii), it has nearly black flowers attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. They are so easy to grow the they become invasive in some areas.
It was originally native to the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico, but it is now used in many places in agriculture as a cover crop, an attractant for other beneficial insects like bees and an ornamental plant.
On August 27, 2014 the WooFDriver captured these beautiful yellow flowers, Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea). These flowers are native to eastern North America, from Labrador all the way to Florida.
Wikipedia Webpage to learn more about this flower
http://mgnv.org/2013/05/03/interested-in-native-plants/ to learn more about Virginia’s native plants