Walking Ferns hanging from the ceiling.
Walking Ferns fantastic? even more so in a winter-bound rock shelter?
For most of the length of the rock shelter the many icicles had coalesced into a sheet of ice - an ice window.
I have seen springtails on the snow before, but it is possible that we caused these springtails to land on the icicles when we disturbed their habitat by crawling around on the leaf litter on the floor of the rock shelter.
Another thing crawling on the ice was this fly.
Just think! There we were, in mid-winter, out in the snowy woods... in a rock shelter... and of all things, a fly was walking around on the window.
There were also midges here and there on the ice window.
Now, something that bordered on spectacular was the many ray spider egg sacs that hung from the ceiling of the rock shelter.
I'll bet you guessed that we found a spider crawling around on this mid-January day.
We found many kinds of spider webs... I'm sure they weren't active this time of year... but notice that the spider in the photo above is on a web.
We also found animal sign. The boys were sure this was weasel scat.
We found this variety of living things in this small rock shelter. I'm sure we could have found much more if we would have had more time.