Rewarded

On our last full day in Fannin County, we were rewarded once again with many splendid treasures. The mission was to just do some exploring, so mostly we drove.

Our first stop was at a cemetery. This head stone was delightful with the plant motifs!
Often times, the head stones will have beautiful lichens on them. I do not collect them, only enjoy!

Among the graves, we discovered this wonderful snake skin!

It was pretty cool!

On down the shade lined county road!

With a bank full of mosses, what could we find? This root was like a curtain holding the soil back.

It wasn’t until we were heading back to the car, I spied the Grape Fern (Botrychium virginianum). I had not seen one in bloom before so that was a real treasure for me!

A close up!

A Dayflower (Commelina erecta var angustifolia)!

We were so lucky to happen to reach Lake Fannin when a wonderful volunteer just happen to be there. Lucky because it is usually closed. The meeting/recreation hall hosts many a wedding. In fact, she was showing a lucky couple around today. She went on to explain, that the hall built in 1938 was a sorta recreational place for some of the workers back in the day. (Cheryl, I hope I got that right.) The small group that Cheryl works with have been maintaining and restoring this treasure. Thank you Cheryl for the tour!

Cheryl explained to us that we could get this book on Amazon.

Besides, the meeting hall, the group of volunteers built a trail with 36 bridges. Cheryl is showing us one of the covered bridges.

The Hackberry Emperors were numerous by our car.

Cheryl left us to explore as she got back to work. A cut tree was being taken over by mosses and fungus!

Next, we found these mosses.

What a surprise to find these finger fungus under the moss!

The last stop at Lake Fannin was an elevated cistern at cabin near the meeting hall.

Finally, a Trumpet Penstemon(Penstemon tubaeflous) seems an appropriate way to end today’s post 🙂

Keep looking!

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

6 Comments

  1. Enjoyed the visit with you today. Thanks for the pictures you posted. Keep up the good work!

  2. Very cool that you found the flowering Botrychium! And I love the beautiful stonework on that chimney.

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