weekend, my mother-in-law sent me out to a piece of property with
instructions to find "something rare" to stop development. She recalled
playing there among lady slippers and other less than ubiquitous
wildflowers, as a child. There were indeed some interesting
wildflowers, though none of them rare.
The skull in the above photo was on the forest floor at the base of a
cliff. I noticed the gleaming white brain case from a distance, and
thought it was some kind of mushroom. I'm glad I went over to confirm.
With delicate bones still intact, it may be a rare find, but the species
is not rare. Can you identify it?