A Gracie Day

It has been a while since I have taken Gracie to the grasslands. The weather was right! This was a test run for Gracie. So we only stayed out two hours.

It was a beautiful sunrise! But I am afraid that is as much as I got to enjoy the morning. Town chores, ugh. Well, we do need to get groceries sometimes.

However as I mentioned, this was to be Gracie’s afternoon. She worn a big smile when I let her out of the car. 🙂

Croton is getting ready to feed the doves and whatever else eats its seeds.

Common Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) and a little bug above.

Bagworm on the Eastern Red Cedar. It is like an ornament. Sometimes another critter will take advantage of the Bagworm (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis). For example, Julia’s Dicymolomia Moth (Dicymolomia julianalis) is one that does. I raised the bagworm a few winters ago and got the moth instead. Nature has its ways!

The cicada made use of the cedar as well!

The berries of Eastern Red Cedar. I am not sure if these are just immature berries and not bluish yet. Let me know if you know please.

New growth!

American Beautyberry still had berries.

Most of these were gone!

A Daddy Longlegs was high in the tree.

Cow bone! Gracie does not chew on them much anymore.

An armadillo (I think) because the rest of the parts were near by. And it is in honor of the Day of Dead! It would make a nice mask, eh.

Tomorrow’s post will have more of Gracie’s adventure!

Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.


  1. I think the cedar berries are immature but im curious what someone knowledgable says. I know birds dont attack mine till mid winter

  2. Don’t have an answer but thought I would add this incite. the Ash Juniper pollinates earlier than the Eastern Red Cedar. Our Mountain Cedar/Ash Juniper berries have turned blue. So maybe if their pollination is off by a few weeks then maybe the berries turning blue also are off also. I was just noticing tonight that the female trees’ limbs are really hanging down from the weight of the many berries. The big freeze didn’t seem to phase it.

    1. A lot of the cedars here are loaded too. So the freeze did not hurt them either. I wonder if the freeze may have helped?

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