I would prefer not to be known as Bluegill bait.

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I would prefer not to be known as bluegill bait.

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I guess it’s an earth ball mushroom…

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This may be an earth ball mushroom. But it’s grubbier than the photos I found on line. None of them had such a rough texture. These look more like what I might call “earth balls” than the photos, most of which looked more like scruffy puffballs. Maybe I should have given it a bath… My neighbor brought them to show us. He said they were growing near a beech tree in his yard in northern Charles County, MD. Any thoughts?

In case you wondered what a painted turtle’s chin looks like…

turtle painted chin

In case you wondered what a painted turtle’s chin looks like, here’s a heads-up from one on 9/27/17, catching the rays on last warmest day of the season.

Turtle painted

Photo of pair of painted turtles sunning on log securely stuck in hydrilla in Potomac River, south of DC.  It’s a long shot, more than 100 yards, taken with iphone through scope. There is a second turtle behind first.