This past weekend it had been raining into the early hours of Sunday morning. We tossed around the idea of rollerskating or going for an explore. We didn’t really feel like driving to Tacoma to skate as we’d just been there the night before for another reason. We made the choice to go for a walk around a local park we knew would be kind of nice after some rain. Watershed Park is one of those parks that really shines when it’s damp out. We’re hoping that it’s just as nice after a bit of snow fall.
After fueling up with some lunch from Pithos Gyros at the Olympia Farmers Market, we drove over to the park. The parking area was pretty filled, but as usual the park seems empty because of the size of the 1.4 mile loop trail. As soon as we hit the trail we started spotting mushrooms, a lot of them were withered already, but there were a bunch of fresh ones as well.
I was grabbing a photo of a shroom when a small group of mycology explorers arrived. They were out giving a monthly guided tour looking for mushrooms. It’s neat to see other people out enjoying the park slowly, without being in a hurry. As we made our way down the trail a bit, we spotted this little guy below, munching on a mushroom. How cute was this tiny slug! His little mouth was going to work so feverishly he didn’t even notice us jamming our cameras in close to him.
As our walk continued, we would have the same lady pass us by in the opposite direction at least 3 times. Burning those calories for sure. Our pace was much, much slower. As we chugged along, my wife spotted these grey colored mushrooms (below) that glistened with moisture. She told me they felt a bit like a sea ray. I’m too much of a sissy to touch such funky wet things in the forest, I’ll take her word for it. I will however practice photography with them though.
The dripping fungi above was another cool one to see along our walk. This one was about the size of a softball. It had such a funky texture and was oozing moisture as I found a good angle. Unfortunately I had taken a few more photos of some other types I saw throughout the day, but my focus was off slightly and ended up blowing it. Oh well that’s the way it goes I guess. Always learning and trying to figure out the camera’s abilities combined with my shaky hands.
Making the last leg of the 1.4 mile loop, we saw the mycology tour group again and a few other people out for a walk or jog. We came to the conclusion that the mycology group walks the trail even slower than us, which is scary to think. The slug above was hiding in the crevice of a tree surround by moss. He would sense us and hide away his bits, but then relax and go about his business. So I grabbed the shot. I hope I don’t scare any of these creatures too much while observing their neat lives in the forest. Before long we were back to our starting point at the car park, what a nice way to spend a few hours of a Sunday afternoon in December.
All photos made with a Panasonic Lumix LX5