Fog at the River Bend Park

I got up about 6:30 this morning and headed out with the dog to the American River Bend Park.  It was SUPER foggy all the way there, but luckily traffic was very light.  I’d gone looking for fungi, but didn’t see a lot.  It’s not really wet enough yet.  I did see some little blobbies of slime mold, jelly fungus, and leafy-looking moss.  There were also quite a few fog-laden spider webs that were pretty… and oddly enough I found a Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar!  That was weird!  They’re usually seen around April, not NOVEMBER.  Man, was he confused!  Oh, and I did come across a whole swath of Barometer Earthstars in one area… along with a couple of Death Angel mushrooms.  As we were heading back to the car we saw three huge male Mule Deer with their full rack of antlers.  Soooo handsome!  They all seemed to be following after a single doe.  She must’ve been hot… but kind of stuck up.  She only let one of the boys anywhere near her…  The dog and I walked for about 3 hours and then headed back home.  The sun started to burn through the fog at the park just as we were getting ready to head out, but in Sacramento is was still completely overcast and foggy…