Down the Road

The three of us continued down the road.

We saw a few birds including this Red-tailed Hawk!
Of course we were watching for water fowl. However this was the only place we saw any. Notice the turbulent water. It was a windy day.
The Coker Cemetery was our last stop. Moreover I didn’t have this one marked on my map. So I wondered if years past I thought the county road was a driveway. To be sure it is on my map now. 🙂 Cemeteries are great places to look for lichens, plants, and of course history.
The crustose lichens on the stone plant decor gave the headstone more interest. Moreover lichens on tombstones has been debated, leave or enjoy. Sometimes the removal on certain stone surfaces may be more destructive than just leaving the lichens be. This I think would be most certainly the case on sandstone markers. So I enjoy the beauty that lichens add to the stones. Here is interesting paper: Pinna D. Biofilms and lichens on stone monuments: do they damage or protect? Front Microbiol. 2014 Apr 2;5:133. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00133. PMID: 24765088; PMCID: PMC3980096.

So Clara Belle’s tombstone was highlighted with beautiful crustose lichens.

Up close!

This tombstone was hard to read. But if you rub shaving cream on the writing then the words will be easier to read. We didn’t have any shaving cream with us, darn. Its a mystery to me why lichens will attach to one substrate and not another; this one had few lichens.

A creature decided to make a home.

A large cedar had toppled in the wind, probably the day before. We had gusts up to 43mph then.

Even the metal gets lichens (the yellow tiny spots).

Yep, cemeteries are great places to visit. And this ended our drive-about.

Do you have your makings for soup tomorrow? Our low temp this morning was 27.6F. Definitely going to be new low for the day later.

Stay warm!

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Keep looking!

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


  1. Oh no! I missed a cemetery visit! They are always so interesting. I’m sad about Clara Belle though – only ten years old.

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