We have a cold and wet autumn. The leaves are beautifully stained on many trees, but for the beautiful views there is no sun. Weather is like the last days of October. There is hope that it will still be warmer and sunny. Most of the birds flew to warm countries and only wild geese did not decide to fly. On the fields there are still corn here and there, and new winter wheat crops. After abundant mushrooms in the forest you can still find a bit. Here are some photos from my neighborhood.
When we had been dry for at least 10 years, especially the last three, we were waiting for the rain. Finally came a year with precipitation. Since the first decade of June, rains have often been raining, and in September, it’s almost daily. Hence we have a lot of mushrooms in the forest. However, it would like some warm and sunny days in the fall. Maybe it will be October. For a nature photographer there is not much opportunity to take pictures. Yesterday I made some photos to show the rainy weather. The walk was quite short, because it started to rain harder.
To tell the truth, we did not have mushrooms for two years. In the current rather humid year, the first chanterelle came out in July. Only for a few days we have a mushroom spill. There were not only boletus, but also birch boletes, slippery jacks, parasol mushrooms and even red pine mushrooms. It is very nice to take a walk through the forest and collect mushrooms, especially when there are many. Unfortunately, some of them are worms, especially boletus. But for the beautiful and photogenic. I hope the mushroom season will continue.
Already 4 years ago I wrote about this species on my website. Then I watched his invasion of the surrounding plants. Last years it is in considerable quantity. Larvae of this beetle stay in the soil and cause serious damage. Because I grow vegetables on the parcel and plastic tent, so I personally experienced the damage done by these beetles. This year the quantity is intimidating. On the oaks near my dwelling, the beetles ate most of the leaves. The only benefit is for birds, especially jackals, starlings, and sparrows, from dawn to dusk. I hope that their feeding season is approaching at the end of May.
Taking a trip to Suwałki, we decided to visit Lake Wigry. I have not been there for a dozen years. Usually the tour visits the monastery, from where there is a magnificent view of the lake from all sides. The weather was great, sunny and moderately warm. Not much has changed here since my previous stay. Only the fluttering edges of the lake have grown noticeably. Tourists are almost gone, only school trip. Then we went back on a new unknown route. After driving about 20 km of asphalt road, another long section we drove along the Czarna Hańcza river to Mikaszewo lake, where we took a longer rest in our favorite place. Bathing in the lake allowed to quickly recover fatigue.
On the last day of April, it was Sunday with beautiful sunny weather but rather a chilly northern wind. We went on a trip to the Biebrza river swamp. This place was chosen on the map and we have not been there before. The footbridge to the swamp was difficult to find. We observed scrub in marshes mostly covered with birch, willow and pine trees. In the distance through the binoculars managed to see the hare first, then the crane. We were about to leave the area when we saw a elk far away. Initially stopped and then started moving away quite quickly. Before I prepared the equipment, I replaced the lens, the elk was far away. Here are some photos of this tour.