The internet is so very helpful and I've found a great site to help me with this endeavor:
As you know by now, I've always been interested in the natural and beautiful things that surround me. Now I know that the little lavender flowers I photographed have a name.
The large and damp bulbous growth on the side of a tree is a giant Birch polypore! I hope it's still there when I go to SC in May. I want to cut it open and examine it closer.
Giant Birch Polypore
Agaricomycetidae (Gill Subclass of Boletaceae)
Boletaceae- Bolete Family
Box Elder Bug (Isn't he beautiful!!)