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CCBA at Brandywine Food & Wine Festival

During the heat of the afternoon, I got a chance to listen to a demonstration done by the nice folks over at the Chester County Beekeepers Association (CCBA).

It was a very informative talk about the life cycle of bees and some of the challenges of raising them.

- Andrew
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Stroud Head

My son and I were walking in Stroud Preserve today, and while we were exploring the two small dams, I noticed this little ‘gem’ in the middle of the upper water way.

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Plastic Baby Head found during an early spring walk at Stroud Preserve in Chester County PA.

Needless to say, finding a plastic baby doll head in the middle of the Preserve is a little odd, hence the reason for the picture.

- Andrew
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Updates

After Posting this image to my Facebook page, I had someone from Stroud Preserve comment on the post

Oh dear! I’ll let our preserve manager know there’s litter out there!

As for the dry “ponds,” a few years back we restored the stream running through Stroud by removing the dams, which allowed land to convert from ponds (man-made and not good for water quality) to wetlands (more diverse than coral reefs and wonderful for filtering water). – Stroud Preserve

To which I responded –

Thanks for the contact. I should have known better than to use the term ‘pond’ so loosely!

As for this little ‘gem’, it can be found in the larger of the two dam areas near 39°56’49” N 75°39’12” W, the upper one, walking up the dirt road…

Has anyone else Found something Odd within the Preserve?

I know, I LOST a lens cap a couple of years back, but…

What have you found?

April 8, 2015 – I volunteered at the Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center, helping in their studies of Shamona Creek for science class. During the first session of the morning, while waiting for the students to arrive, I noticed a discarded car battery, laying with 10 feet of the creek.

Face(s) of Struble Trail

Some images taken along Struble Trail in Downingtown, Chester County PA.

How many faces can you find?

- Andrew
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Friday Foliage

I was out walking around Founder’s Way point in Marsh Creek State Park yesterday, and I could see that we are still in the fairly green foliage state right now, with some of the tips turning.

Fall Creek Colors (2011)
Fall Creek Colors (2011)

The above image was taken a couple of years ago in Glenmoore, Chester County PA.

- Andrew
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Founder’s Way Point – Marsh Creek State Park

During a walk  around Founder’s Way Point in Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County, PA, I took these images.

As you can see, this is a great area to both hike/walk or mountain bike!

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Large Tree Mushroom

A couple of days ago, I was walking through this area of Struble trail, and saw this series of large orange tree mushrooms.  Unfortunately, I did not have my tripod for the required shot that I had in my head.

Fast forward today…

Large Tree Mushroom

This is a series of (3) exposures for the HDR work, but shot at F22 with my Canon EF 28-135 IS USM lens.

These specimens range in size. The one on the left, mid frame, is easily 12 inches long!

I’m also still trying to identify this species of tree mushroom, so if you know, please contact me!

Updates

2014-Nov-26 16:48Having now skimmed through several of the References listed, I think this is either an “Artist’s Conk, Artist’s Bracket, Flacher Lackporling” Ganoderma applanatum (Fomes applanatus) or a “Sulfur Shelf, Crab of the Woods, Chicken of the Woods, sulphur polypore”, Laetiporus sulphureus (Polyporus sulphureus).

2014-Nov-28 17:03 – By request, I have added another images of these specimens .

Large Tree Mushrooms Large Tree Mushrooms

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