I will continue on with the July 20th outing. As the title suggests, in this post we had a snake encounter of sorts. I have not seen many snakes this year. Maybe a half dozen total, but each time was a delight.
Before I get to the grasslands photos, I would like to share this plant with you. It is the Palafoxia ( Palafoxia callosa). Shirley introduced this plant to me and it is blooming now. We are fortune to have it blooming in our limestone gravel on our driveway. A delicate small flower, but a favorite of mine.
Back to the grasslands. The mushrooms were all shiny with dew.
After we split it open, it looked like someone with a happy mouth.
The mosses are certainly happy!
A beautiful male Prairie Boopie ( Boopedon gracile)! What a name, eh! Alan took this photo.
A fly with red eyes was attracted to the Prairie Gaillardia ( Gaillardia aestivatis).
Do you spot the cat?
The caterpillar really blends in.
Most certainly, I am always excited to find a snake skin. The question in this case, was the snake still attached?
So of course, because we are curious, we had to pull it out to find out. It was not.
See the eyes?
And lastly this is the underside at the vent. In other words , the skin was almost at good as a live snake for me.