Only One

On Monday, the 18th I had offered to lead a Trinity Forks NPSOT walk at Ft. Richardson State Park. But with the short notice I gave and it is the holiday season only Jeanne came. So Jeanne, Jim (morning only) and I enjoyed the day to ourselves.

So when I arrived at the park I had asked for permission to go off trail. I was interested in looking for some plants that might be found at the park. We started near the Kicking Bird Trail which had been the NPSOT walk destination. Since it was just the three of us, we went off trail that day.

Starting near the Kicking Bird Trail we found patches of Big Bluestem.
Big Bluestem is sometimes called Turkey Foot for the three pronged inflorescence.

I see a happy rhinoceros.
A deer skull had fallen down between a couple of large rocks.

A beautiful fence!
And so straight!
So a few of the Lace Cacti (Echinocereus reichenbachii) were this reddish brown.
There were many Prickly Pear cacti to avoid.
A pad that had fallen over with a tuna. It reminded me of old fashion candle holder from Ebenezer Scrooge time period. :=) Well, it is near Christmas.

So vanilla and strawberry flavored pad?

The final find of the morning was several spots of Bobwhite evidence. Bobwhite scat is a very recognizable by the white center.

So even though only one came today being outside is always worthwhile. Furthermore it is rewarding whether with a group or in solitude when in nature for me.

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Keep looking!

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


  1. The photos really highlight the scale and construction of those rock fences – cannot begin to imagine how long it took to build them. They are really cool.

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