A Few More Shots

Today’s post will include a few more shots from yesterday short walkabout. Plus I brought home a tiny treasure. 🙂

So this was the dragonfly that caught my attention yesterday. Poor thing had a broken tail. However thanks to its tail curiosity led me further to the other the perching dragonflies. In fact this was a Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida) as well!

Here was a cooperative female Widow Skimmer! Look at the wings. Do you see the little black bars on the upper edge of each wing? Those are called stigmas. The Four-spotted Pennant (Brachymesia gravida) has white stigmas. Details! The stigma can be used to signal a mate or rival. Additionally it helps with its gliding. The whole scientific name is pterostigma.

We stopped at the Yellow Puff (Neptunia lutea) as did this little bee. In North Texas (FNCT) there is only the one plant in this genus.
We zoomed in on the hairy ovaries.

These seed pods were different from the usual more elongated pods.
We were delighted to find so much of the Big-top Dalea (Dalea enneandra)!
The flowers deserved a close look to appreciate their beauty.

Even a pile of poop is always worth investigating! The treasures!
As we poked around we found some tiny bones.
A tiny jaw bone with teeth!
What a delightful investigation! Using my Animal Skulls (Elbroch) book I narrowed it down to either the White-footed Mouse or Deer Mouse in the genus of Peromyscus.

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Keep looking!

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


  1. I love the close-ups of the Dalea enneandra flowers. Do you know what shape and size of seed pod they make?

  2. The closeup of the Big Top Dalea is gorgeous. You really should enter your photography in the NPSOT contest.

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