We have had temps down into the single digits several nights. Now everything is wet and muddy. I’m glad it is getting a good watering to the tree roots though before the ground does freeze. The ground was very dry this summer.
I share your hopes, Terry…also, it will be my first winter hiking in the deep-snow of the canyons…finally have some snowshoes this year…have been checking the avalanche website…a little freaky…concerns me a bit….
Me too. I stay away from the most avalanche-prone areas. Here it is pretty safe if you can stay on the old pack trails. I’ve seen little avalanche damage on them. Problem here though is getting up to those trail heads.
I’ve seen the damage on both sides of some of the trails, so I know they cross them sometimes…but I believe there are still plenty of places up in the canyons where it won’t be a problem. Fortunately, the main roads up into the canyons are still plowed in the winter to allow access to the ski areas at the far ends, so I won’t have that issue with getting to the trail heads…but then I will have the hordes of people driving up into the canyons, too…which you won’t…..
Oh yes. Some mushrooms grow nearly up to winter here. for example “Craterellus cornucopioides” grows in October. “Craterellus tubaeformis” can be found even in November here in Finland. Great finding and nice photo.
I could have said that about winter, too … on Wednesday when it was 58º. But, winter showed up in full force thursday night … 15º, strong north wind and snow. I think it might be here to stay this time.
Fungi are amazingly adaptable, they colonise a niche with their spores and as soon as favourable climatic conditions prevail they push up a fruiting body to disperse more spores. And so the cycle continues…