Who is watching

 It was fairly foggy this morning and stayed damp to wet all day. I thought the temperature was fairly nice in the 51 to 55 degree range all day. And no wind.

The heaviest the fog we had here was about 1/4 mile.
On dreary days, the orange jelly fungus is always a bright spot.

Same goes for the coralberries!

Browns are more brown like on this Cedar Elm’s wings.

Even the normally drab Post Oak leaves are brighter!

Mosses become eye-catching!

Interesting about the concrete bench is that half has a lot of lichens starting to grow. The half with the lichens is in less sun light most of the day. Just like plants, some prefer shade and others full sun. The bench has been in this location for a few years now.

I think this a happy dinosaur head.

This white crustose lichen looks like someone has spray painted the Hackberry tree. 

The Hackberry tree has lots of green lichens and seems to be looking back at me. You never know who is watching!

Keep looking!


  1. Question about the Post Oak. The leaves look like Blackjack but i dont' see hairs at the tips of the lobes which makes it Post Oak. Really confusing about the leaf shapes.

  2. I use to think that shape of leaf meant it was a Blackjack too. Jeanne told me it was the bristles on the end. So I have to look carefully at the leaves to know for sure. But you got me wondering further about the oaks so I looked up to see if Blackjack would hybridize with Post Oaks. The answer I found was no. Blackjacks are in the red oak group. Post Oaks are in the white oaks. I have not given much thought to this subject before. Sibley says white oak group has no bristle tips and red oaks do have the bristle tips. They only hybridize within their own group. So thanks, I have learn something new!

  3. I've been corrected a few times lately and I'm just getting into my thick skull.
    I had gone by leaf shape and have gotten confused on many trees. An expert on iNaturalist reinforced this bristle to me recently. And I too had thought maybe the trees were hybridizing but then the argument of the white oak and red oak groups not being able to cross has me finally looking to the bristles first. Took me a while to learn this.

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