The Day After

What to do the day after the holiday? Well, of course go for a hike! Besides we have a granddog to entertain. πŸ™‚

So off to the grasslands Briar and I went this afternoon after it had warmed up a bit. It was pretty chilly here this morning, 25F.

Briar went straight for the dead armadillo right out of the truck. LOL.
A found glove.

I have been finding puffballs (Scleroderma). These tough skinned puffballs are sometimes called earthballs. Most of the 25 species worldwide occur in North America.

Briar came back often to check on slow grandma. πŸ˜‰

These small trees had a particularly pretty Goldeye Lichens (Teloschistes exilis). This species does not have fringed hairs on the round apothecia (orange fruiting bodies disks) like the other also common Teloschistes in our area.
Looked like someone was hungry!

More lichens, foliose and fruticose!

Up close to the foliose lichen, Punctellia! It’s apothecia are more cupped shape.
The fruticose Ramalina had barely started making its fruiting bodies. Fruticose lichens are three dimensional.

Briar and I were having a good time. So I will share more of today’s outing tomorrow. πŸ™‚

Overlooked No More: Ethel Lindgren, Anthropologist of Reindeer Herding Cultures

Santa depends on the ladies to get him to the chimney on time

Keep looking!

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


  1. Lucky you get to keep briar for a week. Remind you of how much you miss Gracie. I always love the lichen pictures. Looks like a fairy world.

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