Lights Out Please

Wow, the cool weather is so so nice! It should bring more migrant travelers (birds) tonight with the northwest wind. Thus please turn off your lights for the critters! Furthermore lights out at night is important anytime of the year.

Our American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) was bathed in the lovely early morning light! Hungry migratory birds, help yourselves! πŸ™‚

The Palafoxia (Palafoxia callosa) at the our gate has really got going now. A wisping plant that thrives on gravelly limestone soils. Thus a couple years ago it moved in at the edge of the our limestone based driveway.

A few Prairie Bluets (Hedyotis nigricans) are re-blooming! So truly to admire the hairy petals you must get close. The individual flowers are only about 1/4 inch or less across.

The wind was blowing the Broomweed (Amphiachyris) again today. Go migration!
More mushrooms popping up!
This pair caught my eye as the old grass was trying its best to tie down one of them. Indeed, I thought a closer look was warrented.

The larger one had a tunnel drilled in it. Its gills could now be seen.

Getting ever further under you can see the skirt that covers the gills were starting to drop. So what do you think a happy cyclops?

And good luck to all those that go looking for the annular eclipse tomorrow! Indeed the weather forecast couldn’t be more perfect here in our neck of the woods!

Wear your eye protection!

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Today I have added a couple more links for the annular eclipse tomorrow just in case you needed additional information. πŸ˜‰

Seeing sunspots during the solar eclipse on October 14

Five NASA Tips for Photographing the β€œRing of Fire” Solar Eclipse

Click to Register! – Prairie Seekers – Fall 2023 – Thomsen Foundation, LLC

NPSOT 2023 Fall Symposium

Keep looking!

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


  1. Thanks for the laugh at the cyclops.
    Well we are ready. Hope we don’t have to deal with trespassing issues tomorrow. We have been told all sorts of things that happen as people try to get a viewing spot.
    The kestrel flies by daily and screams a bunch. Love it. And I think your north winds have blown us some Monarchs. We were hot and muggy today but tomorrow is supposed to be in the 50’s & 60’s, yay!
    FYI Friends of the Night Skies was successful 2 years ago in getting Fredericksburg to adopt darker skies. They have been working to change over various lighting including the football field lights. It isn’t darkness but the direction of light is being improved. Absentee owners of B&B’s aren’t so wise to the idea as they love to flood the sky with lots of lighting around their places for “safety”. Most of them are in the country where there is no control.

  2. I never noticed how hairy prairie bluet flowers are. Wow! We didn’t go west today for the full annular eclipse experience but got nice views of the Pac Man version.


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