Doing trail work, especially cutting new trail, is a bit of a challenge in the work swamp. Legs, arms, and faces get scratched and punctured with alarming regularity. Sometimes you find yourself wishing you had a magic wand that could swish its way through the unbelievably thick tangles of greenbrier, grape vine, and blackberry bramble and slice through fallen tree trunks and dense stands of cane. Sadly, we are not issued magic wands ;-)
Picture-taking opportunities are scarce when your hands are full of cutting and chopping tools. I did manage to take a few photos this week though...
I haven't had an opportunity to ID this fungus, but it was a spot of sunny color on a gray day. If you know what it is, by all means make a comment!!
A perky little moss caught my eye. I haven't keyed this one out yet either. It looks like a sphagnum of some sort...
An impressive Supple-jack vine, Berchemia scandens. I've also heard this called American rattan. This vine was easily as big around as my calf. I love supple-jack. It is my favorite vine in the swamp.
The deer love it when we do trail work. As soon as we pass through an area they swoop in to see what we've dropped for them to munch on. For a cow, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. For a deer, the leaves are always sweeter higher up the vine. And check out the "goggles" on the young deer in the center of the frame. I see him quite often and he always looks worried.
Next week will find me far from the swamp. It is time once again for our annual law enforcement refresher training. Instead of trail work, I'll be busy with defensive tactics, firearms and legal updates. Now doesn't that sound fun?