A Saturday afternoon hike at Shaver's Creek Nature Center. The center is closed for construction until next Spring, but the trails are open for walking and are full of discoveries. A very active porcupine site, a single soft feather, glorious gold oak leaves, and a bizarre crusty egg casing are just some of the things we saw. And I know that Japanese Barberry is a very invasive nasty shrub, but I did have to admit that the reddish orange leaves were pretty with the late afternoon light shining through them. Mind the thorns though. If anyone knows what that brown hanging object is, I'd love to know. When I Googled it using different combinations of unappealing words, I kept coming up with bagworms, but they all looked different from this thing. Anyway, let's start our week on a lighter note.
It's a new week! Let's live it up! And many Happy Birthday wishes to my awesome Mom. I love you.