A new year starts

Happy New Year! I am hopeful that everyone will have a healthy year ahead.

Joni Mitchell wrote in her song Big Yellow Taxi

“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot”

Please plant native plants, pick up a piece of litter, and support organizations or politicians that support nature. Earth and humankind depends on it.

Earth Emergency (A PBS production)

So now we are back on top to the prairie in this post. A lichen on a lichen!

On the yellow lichen grows another white ciliated lichen!

Colorful capsules on the moss!

When I saw this burl on the oak, I thought how fashionable with its bustle like a woman’s dress from the 1800’s LOL!

A fallen tree gave me a soft place to sit on the rotten wood!

A burnt tree!

Beautiful starry night motif!

We are almost back in the open when this magnificent tree was in our path ahead!

It was hard to tell if it was one tree or two or three trees growing close together. Never the less it was a handsome tree(s)!

A collar around an old branch!

Then we noticed that the undersides of the branches looked cut. What could have done this?

The only explanation we came up was that a fire had been very hot and seared it. But certainly not enough to kill the branches. Any other ideas welcome!

Back in the open! And this will concluded this outing. And here’s a toast to the new and a wonderful 2022!

Keep looking!

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


  1. Wow, the starry night patterning in that wood is awesome! And my first thought when I saw the photo of the tree with the bustle burl was that it is expecting LOL.

    1. I also thought that deer rubbing the velvet off their antlers possibly damaged the undersides of the branches. They look lowcenough for the deer to reach.

  2. That is too funny Suzanne!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ we thought about that too about the deer, but what you can’t see in my photos is that some of the branches were too high. We also considered cows rubbing on them but likewise some of the branches were too high.

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