Afternoon at the grasslands

Yesterday was a nice day to be at the grasslands.
Cow patty mushrooms. That’s what I call them.

Plenty of petrified wood.

Cool rock embedded in the sand.

Big piece of petrified wood

 More petrified wood and little pebbles

This round rock was on a pedestal of dirt. It was so perfect! The gullies are a great places to find interesting rocks.

Daddy-long-legs (Leiobunum species) was out and about too!
Gracie gets a drink and cooled off midway into the exploring.

This shelf fungus was a pretty good sized; about five inches across.

The underside had gills and bugs too.

This puffball had lost all of its top “skin”.

Ebony Spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron).

Ebony Spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron).

Common Woodsia (Woodsia obtusa).

Purple cliff brake  (Pellaea atropurpurea).

If this is Ebony Spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron) it is weird because it was not on a bank. I will have to go back to investigate more. Like I really need an excuse to explore LOL.
Turban Lichen (Cladonia peziziformis).
Nodding Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes cernua).

My cool find of the day was a squamulose lichen. I have often found this lichen but this one has the podetia (the fruiting body) on it! There are two of the podetia on it.  I never noticed the podetia before;  maybe because it is so tiny, Either way, I  know what to look for now.

I will do the chemical tests and look at the spores soon to figure out what it is. The podetia (the thing with the brown cap) is less than 2mm (less than 3/32inch) tall.

And Gracie finishes the day with her treasure!

Keep looking!



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