Can you hear the barrens

Today, I will conclude the Friday 5th outing. As I mentioned yesterday, we stayed awhile at the bottom of the slope of the barrens.

Looking upwards, the Tall Grama was delightful!

The Psora lichen was beautiful! It was damp so not the usual brown. The salmon colored balls are the fruiting bodies which are called apothecia.

Jeanne pointed out the curly Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) blade!

Another characteristic of Big Bluestem is that it is basally hairy! Thanks Jeanne!

New growth of a Chinkapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) is starting to get its autumn colors!

The walnut shell made me think of a pig’s snout emerging from the dirt. LOL.

Eastern Red Cedar does not have lots of stuff growing on it most of the time. In this case, it had lichens, white fungus, liverworts and moss all in one spot..

False Gaura (Stenosiphon linifolius)!

Colorful seeds of the False Gaura!

Green aphids blend in with False Gaura’s seeds!

The pale center of an Arkansas Yucca!

Seed heads of Gayfeather (Liatris) on the slopes of the barrens!

Fossils from the barrens!

Can you hear the barrens now? LOL

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Keep looking!

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


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