It seems that weather gods are conspiring against the lab’s ambition of snowshoeing. For the past three years, dry winters made a snowshoe trip impossible. This year, each attempt to schedule a weekend for the snowshoe trip was foiled by mountain storms. But we took advantage of the rainy winter and went to see its effects on Table Mountain, a nearby mesa with breathtaking wildflowers. Dinner and lawn games followed at Slide Hill in Davis!
We’re pleased to introduce the newest members of our lab.
A population of cave dwelling roaches. Here’s a nymph finishing up a molt:
And then there are Olga’s Madagascar millipedes! Check out these cuties:
Yet another mushroom hunt, yet another success. Conditions were challenging (i.e. – rain), and mushrooms were surprisingly thin on the ground. But, with due enthusiasm and perseverance, we found enough mushrooms of a few different species to enjoy a nice dinner afterward. The menu featured mushroom minestrone soup, shaggy parasol and honey mushroom risotto, sauteed winter chanterelles and hedgehog mushrooms, and candy-cap cookies.
November 6 – Zach organized a great murder mystery party, set in the Prohibition era. The lab turned out to be full of gangsters, bootleggers, and other disreputable characters. Hardly a surprise.