End the day with the sun…

I had forgot my coat and thus I was glad we went back to fetch it. It had been cloudy and cool in the understory of the woods that day (Jan 4th).

Last photos from Jan. 4th outing.

Mosses along the ravine were emerald green!
This was one of the mosses in the photo above. It was the Plagiomnium cuspidatum. Jeanne explained to me that stringy part were sterile. And candle-like part was fertile.

Both the sterile and fertile leaves were toothed and had a costa (the rib looking part) that extended to a point. Thanks Jeanne!

Roots were strung across the ravine!

On a hanging root, an Organ Pipe Mud Dauber built a home.
Back at the pond the Bladderpod (Sesbania vesicaria syn Glottidium vesicarium) two seeded pods were at the edge.
Duck hunters had built a blind.

On a Cottonwood stump, a crawdad and a snail had been on the menu.
Hearts on the vertebrae!

As we finished up the day the sun had partially come out. It made a beautiful reflection of the day.

And when the sun came out it felt good!

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Keep looking!

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


  1. How do you get such close up photos of the mosses? I would like to get better shots of mine but they are in shady places and my camera just doesn’t get clear shots if I enlarge them on the computer.
    Have you seen the forecast? Brrr. 17 Monday morning and 11 on Tuesday morning with chance of freezing precip Monday. And y’all are further north.

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