Oops, I forgot that before we reached the woods, we managed to find ourselves in a gully. Always fun to explore! So the outing continues with several more hours to go before we reach my fourth goal.

The gully had a main sandy channel.

The channel provides us and the critters an easy place to walk. These sandy paths are a good place to watch for tracks. We saw both coyotes and deer tracks.

A Gayfeather (Liatris) corm was exposed on the side of the gully!

A view of the clumps of Tall Grama and looking up the gully towards the ridge.

Close view of the Tall Grama!

The gully had plenty of Missouri Primrose seed pods (Oenothera macrocarpa)! The gullies at the preserve, will have a good many of these beautiful plants blooming soon. If you can say soon is the spring.

In the gullies, round quartz rocks can be found.

And on the gullies’ edges, is a great place to look for mosses and lichens! At first we did not see any. We had to sweep back the grass that was flowing over the edge.

Moss and a Cladonia lichen!

Several species of moss are in this small area! Oh and some Cladonia just starting. Tomorrow’s will be in the woods!

Single-celled marine organism first to be found releasing oxygen in the dark

Keep looking!

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


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