More from yesterday

 Here are the rest of the sights from yesterday’s adventure.

These Devil’s Toenail fossils were arranged by nature. It looks like something I would do. Nature and I must think alike. Ha Ha!

This was a nice mound of a squamulose lichen on the limestone hillside.

Gracies stands above the grotto with running water. This particular grotto runs until the seep dries up in the summer.

Down below, there was this white stuff that had a layer of algae. I’m guessing that is not a lichen but the limestone sediment that covered some algae. I will be investigating it to find out for sure.

This was a dark circle on a Red Oak’s trunk. I had to look real close to tell what it was. It was moss.
I sprayed water on it and it greened up.

The corm of Gayfeather (Liatris mucronata).

The perfect Devil’s Toenail fossil!

These Eastern Red Cedar berries were as big as a pea!

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum) drupes. 

Prickly Pear cactus.


I couldn’t get enough of the Prickly Pear cactus with their pinkish colors.

When nostoc is wet it is jelly like, but when dry just flat black crusty stuff. The ground was still pretty wet from our nice rain a few days ago. Pretty cool!

Keep looking!


  1. Many of us know you are mother nature. Seeing that moss makes me want to carry water around with me. I love grottos. Thanks

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