More close ups

On the Gracie afternoon (Tuesday) I might have gone slower than normal. If I need really needed an excuse, it was because I didn’t want to go far because of Gracie. In distance, the outing was really short.

A red leaf draws my eye!

And close I go!

Do you recognize this?

How about a littler further out? I bet most of you did in the above photo. The ghochids and spines of a Prickly Pear cactus shone in the the sunlight!

Common Persimmon seeds and juniper berries!

Close in!

Stand back a couple of inches and you can see that it is Palmetto Lichen (Ramalina celastri)!

The red veins of Carolina Buckthorn!


The soredia and cilia hairs on a Parmotrema foliose lichen. The soredia are the crumbly edges which are the vegetative propagules. In other words this means the lichen can use these as an asexual means of reproduction.

Physcia lichen (gray) and Candelaria lichen (orange)!

Greenbriar tentacle! And that wraps up today’s post!

How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies

What Eats Cockroaches?

Tiny Spider Brains Overflow Into The Body, Legs

Keep looking!

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


  1. Love the prickly pear pics. And yes i knew from first pic. Maybe ive run into too many. Lots on our farm. Worst is being thrown and land on one. I bet Kathy knows about that. Love the lichens. Interesting spider story. If they lose a leg theyve lost some brains.

  2. I’ve never been thrown from a horse into prickly pear. If I ride near, I am extra cautious! I[‘m terrified of falling into a patch of it. But the other day while my son and I were riding, Chili put his nose down to check out a prickly pear. Silly boy. I mean that horse grew up in a pasture near the grasslands so he surely knows prickly pear. Sure enough when we got back to the barn we had to pull a bunch of thorns out of his nose.

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