Our goal

The goal was to reach the creek. So we continued deeper into the bottomland.

A white Wood’s Ear fungus found on a log did not resemble anything in my books. However I found images of white jelly ears on the internet. They all seemed to be of the Auricularia complex like the brown Wood’s Ear in the Auriculariaceae family.

A dried up Wood’s Ear fungus was nearby the white ones.

We found them on a fallen log. One place said Auricularia complex likes Elders, but I have certainly seen the brown ones on many species of wood.

Did I tell you yesterday (LOL), we could not help but to admire the roots!

An orange slime mold.

To say the least, it was hairy.

A beautiful snail shell. The occupant was nowhere to be seen.

I didn’t think it was there unless it can squish itself way into the shell.

An insect cocoon was plastered on the bark. I certainly need to bring one home sometime to see who lives there.

A brown spider blends right into its surrounding.

Daddy shortlegs/Harvestman (Eumesosoma species) is another Arachnid that is hard to spot.

The Western Ironweed had finally started to bloom at my house. The earliest I have on my calendar for blooming is June 7th and this is the latest I have it blooming. I wonder if the cold spell affected it.

So more to come in tomorrow’s post of the grasslands outing!


This article is several years old, but certainly fascinating I thought…Bumblebees confused by iridescent colors

Keep looking!


  1. I brought ironweed down from north TX and planted it here. This spring we were walking down by the river and found a few rosettes of unknowns. So I went back and dug some to put in pots to observe. One of them ended up being ironweed. So we have Western Ironweed. I love that it blooms at a time when not much is. Great spider!

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