If you are traipsing around any beech trees, keep an eye out for Beech drops (Epifagus virginiana). It is an obligate parasite, meaning that it can not live without its host! Super cool! I took this photo last year near the Tar river just around this time. It’s one of my favorites mainly because the light cracked through the canopy perfectly illuminating this beauty while I was taking pictures of it. Super lucky!