Then we explored the outdoors. There were lots of things to see:
an oak gall,
a piece of a tiny eggshell--perhaps of a white-breasted nuthatch,
a wild turkey feather,
a mushroom big enough to shelter Leprechauns,
some rattlesnake plantain,
some spotted wintergreen,
and an Eastern box turtle.
We took a little time to look around an old abandoned homestead
with its house,
out building with black walnut arching over it,
and tobacco barns, both log construction
(Tharrington, supplier of tobacco barn furnaces)
Also on the property were several spicebushes.
One of the highlights of our outing for me was seeing all the Indian pipe plants. I only recall seeing Indian pipe plants once before. They are unusual plants: they have no chlorophyll, but live as a parasite on a fungus that is in a symbiotic relationship with a tree. (Pretty kinky, if you ask me.)
What a great afternoon!