Yesterday we managed an excursion to the Indiana Dunes, where we explored the Calumet Trail and Cowles Bog. It was our first visit, so it was mainly a reconnoitering, but we nonetheless saw some amazing things. . . .
We saw this amazing flower, the fringed gentian, which we learned later blooms only once every two years. . . .
Finally, as we were hurrying back to our car, we saw a tiny black thing “growing” in the bog. I spent an hour at home poring over the Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms (a total gross-out book, by the way) trying to identify it before looking closely at the photograph I took and realizing that it was a small turtle. Can you see its head?