I know it sounds like a yummy dessert, but it’s a “new” wildlife reserve we explored today. It consists of vast prairie full of spectacular asters in purple, pink, and white, masses of goldenrod, and many other species of grasses and flowers; and paths winding through shady woods of stately old trees along a creek. There were many fascinating fungi as well.
The most amazing discovery was a huge, ancient, hollowed out living tree (sycamore, I think) that had its own windows and skylight! We could easily stand inside it with room to spare. It was like a hobbit tree! We spent some time gawking at it and taking turns standing in it. There’s even a rare sighting of enigmatic YT.
I’ll post this in two parts. The hobbit tree is in P.2.