November’s Life

This November has been unseasonably warm.  Then about half-way through the month we got a few inches of snow.  The snow melted slowly, but it was followed by rain and freezing rain.  Now the sun is out but it is still not warm.  The ice has partially melted.  November’s life forms–mosses, lichens, and fungi, are carrying on under the ice or just next to it.


An old wooden cornstalk chopper serves as the base for these lichens.


Mosses grow on the same farm tool, next to an iron bolt.


A thin veneer of ice covers fungus growing on the end of a log.


More ice on another fungus.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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