Happy 4th!

So the visit to the grasslands on Thursday was great as usual. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a breeze, but since we go really early it is not too bad. It started out on the roadside to hunt for a plant. I didn’t find it, but maybe it is not a good year for it. Then a little further down the road, we headed into the unit. It was down hill from there. Ok, yes it was literally down a hill to the creek. LOL.

You don’t even have to get out of your vehicle to enjoy roadside flowers. These Golden Dalea (Dalea aurea) are wispy.

Close up the Golden Dalea.

Shelf fungus working on a low cut stump. This and two photos above were the roadside photos.

Four-point Evening Primrose is almost finished.

This is not the flower of the Four O’clock but the sepals with its seeds left. The flower of this genus falls off rather quickly. They can be white to a pretty purplish colors. I think this maybe Mirabilis latifolia.

The remains of a Texas Dandelion (Pyrrhopappus) and a probable Olive-shaded bird dropping moth (Ponometia candefacta) covered in dew.

The bristlegrass was blooming!

Sumac blooming too!

Spined Micrathena (Micrathena gracilis) was busy. Not sure if it was building or tearing down its web.

We watched it a moment. So cool!

I spotted this guy on the leaf.

This will be all of the grasslands in today’s post. I will continue on with more tomorrow!

Last night Decatur put on their fireworks. As always, it was a wonderful show. Hope everyone has a great celebration!

It is about a 15 minutes show and it is a bit different every year. Pretty neat for a small town.

Have a safe holiday weekend!

Keep looking!


  1. The sumac flowers are very pretty! I’ve never looked at them that closely. I need a Grasslands visit!

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