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Despite the Mosquitoes…

I will not deny that the mosquitoes were by far the worst I have ever experienced today for Woods and Wetlands!  To be honest, I wasn’t sure we’d make it very long without waving the white flag and calling parents.  But every time I thought about it, someone would discover something amazing or suddenly get distracted and we were having so much fun!  So we kept going.  And we all wore mosquito repellent.  (Which I normally do not need to do!) I took so few pictures because I was not only having a good time, I was busy batting away and swatting mosquitoes too often to pull out my phone!  If this doesn’t improve, I may have to consider postponing Woods and Wetlands until a change of weather or whatever brought out these tiny vampires brings them back again!  In any case, here are some photos of pieces of our afternoon.

*Not pictured:  a great deal of time spent eating wild apples!

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Right away kids started noticing amazing mushroom collections!
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She discovered that branch was dead, even though the tree was still living. Yes, that can happen!
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Ah, the ever popular Tilted Tree!
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This would be the, “Before,” picture, running INto the swamp. We came out shortly after that. It was dense as a jungle!
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Hmm. Glad it was warm; not so glad the bugs like it too!
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Asters. We looked for how some plants are flowering and others are making their seeds for the fall.
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Like tiny stars!
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Happy explorers!
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I don’t know this plant!
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Everyone came to tell me I just had to see these bright, orange mushrooms out in the swamp.
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And we are all done being in the swamp for today!
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I had asked a few kids who needed to be re-sprayed to stand with their arms to their sides. It then turned into a mass silly photo.
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Huge mushroom!
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This kind reminded me of popcorn. I really need to get a mushroom book.
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Climbing one of the wild apple trees in search of more snack…
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On the boardwalk picking asters and jewel-weed (also called, “Touch-me-not.”)
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Playing with cattails.
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Anything that can be climbed on, will be climbed on!
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Goldenrod and asters
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We noticed a mass of tiny ants on the playground as we came up from the woods. We gathered around to watch what they would do with one of our apple cores.
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Ant-watching is more easily done when we aren’t swatting mosquitoes!

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