While on the hike I encountered a number of creatures that have been living there. All of them friendly. One spread out its long-fingered hand to bar part of the trail.
Another gazed at me indifferently, reminding me of the look a cat can give when he is not in the mood to be bothered.
The last resembled an octopus lying peacefully on the ground and minding its own business.
It is fascinating what “lives” in the woods and allows itself to be seen to those who take time to look 🙂