Yesterday I told you I did not find the quillwort (yet). However that does not mean that we did not have a lovely outing. Here is more of what we found on the slopes of the barrens.

Wispy False Gaura (Stenosiphon linifolius) can still be found!

A closer inspection of the white and pink flowers! And a bonus Meshweaver!

Indeed, I was lucky that the spider was out in the open. Even more so that it cooperated for a closeup!

A twisty Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) in the draw!

The above tree looked like it spilled onto the rock!

Blue Sage (Salvia azurea)!

Nostoc was jelly-like since it was damp. Nostoc fixes nitrogen. Wikipedia says some species of it are cultivated and consumed as a foodstuff in Asia. However, I have never heard of anyone here using it. Have you?

Whitlow Wort (Paronychia virginica) is having a good year!

Closer view of the Whitlow Wort. Notice the flowers are arranged in squares!

This grotto is small but a favorite. Finally you may be surprised, but we did not go in the ravine below the grotto. If you remember, I was on the quillwort mission.

A limestone ledge juts out! The Queen’s Delight (Stillingia texana – plant with red stems) likes the limestone as does the mosses and lichens.

White Compass Plant (Silphium albiflorum) is endemic to Texas! In this example, the plant has dried brown. The gayfeather sticks up in the back with its dry seed heads.

Venus and the moon gives a spectacular sunset! So in tomorrow’s post, we continued around the edge of the barrens.

Keep looking!

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


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