North breeze

 Cold front definitely blew in last night! Was 27 degrees this morning at my house and made it to 49. Glad it was sunny.

Someone had a meal…Mourning Dove feathers.

This blackish lichen is called a jelly lichen. When it is dry, it is blackish. When wet, it is rubbery and slightly greenish. Part of this one still is a bit damp and is greenish on the left side. Lichens are made of a fungus and a photobiont partner of either algae or cyanobacteria. The photobiont partner uses sunlight to synthesize nutrients from carbon dioxide and water.  This Collema species photobiont partner is a cyanobacteria also called blue-green algae. 
Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) berries hang on all winter. Coralberry is the host plant for the Snowberry Clearwing moth.

Western Horse Nettle (Solanum dimidiatum) is on the left (the big ones about 25mm or 1 inch) and Silver-leaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium) is on the right. Easy to tell them apart by the size of the fruit when the leaves are gone.

Keep looking!


  1. You know me well BUT

    I will say there isn’t enough of many creatures. Populations are declining too fast. Too many humans. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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