Saturday at the River Bend Park

I’m a little late posting this, but I had finals for my online class this week, and had to write a reflection paper and a positional paper so I didn’t get to this earlier.  Anyway, on Saturday the dog and I went over to the American River Bend Park for our walk.  The place is kind of “between seasons” right now, so there’s not much new to see but I always manage to find something to photograph anyway.  The mushrooms and stuff haven’t awakened yet.  But we DID get to see a gorgeous Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia) and some burgeoning Sulfur Shelf Fungus that hadn’t formed its distinctive “shelves” yet.  When it’s in its early stages it kind of looks like a big orange brain.  So, those were kewl.  We actually walked for about 2½ hours before my ankles and feet gave out and we had to head back home.  The weather was perfect: cool and sunny.  I love Fall!