Next after the barrens, we headed down along the side of the ravine.

The Bushy Bluestem was really tall. However, the scale is not really noticeable here in this photo.

New shotgun shells. Truly disappointed to see new shells, I hope it is not a new trend at this location. In the past, this ravine was a favorite for people to target practice. However, it is my understanding that it was never legal to do. So grrrrr, inconsiderate people.

Then remains of an Fine-leaf Gerardia (Agalinis densiflora) were observed. Certainly it is more impressive when the pretty pink flowers are blooming.

Then we leaned over to look at the side of the ravine. Several plants were finding their place on this sheer side including this White Compass Plant. It was around twenty feet to the bottom.

A photo opportunity! As we looked over, our shadows were casted below! The cameras clicked.

In this example, you can see the layers of soil. Additionally, a sharp drop can be seen. Hence, it is advisable to use caution.

Here the seep was still trickling in the bottom!

Beetles holes in a fallen cedar!

A really big mistletoe will provide berries for the birds!

Here is the reason we ended up walking down this way. It was to show Michael the Maidenhair Fern. In this photo, the fern is in the middle, below the horizonal ridge of rock. The fern is green and brown stuff. Indeed, a delightful plant!

Next is this coneflower seedhead! The seed is looking right at you!

A close up of the seed!

A spider’s home in Whitlow Wort!

Its entrance was on the bottom. Looks like it was very snuggly! Finally, did you have wind today? Our high gust was 39mph! Thus, I hope you had rocks in your pockets today.

Keep looking!

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


  1. Love the expression “rocks in your pockets” – reminds me of one of my dad’s favorite sayings – “handy as a pocket on a shirt”

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