The day (Feb. 2nd) was cloudy with a chance of rain by afternoon. However this did not dampen our adventure. We were in Cooke County at the
Dixon Water Foundation. Note: this property is not open to the public.
A view looking back at the car on the left of the beautiful prairie.
The water was running but not very deep. We found a place to cross without getting our feet wet. Well, just less than inch deep. And up the hill we went towards the limestone barren.
Of course on a barren we were hunting for the Cymopterus ( Vesper macrorhizus)!
Nearby another Cymopterus was further along!
The lovely Psora lichen with it frosty margins! At some point in the past like many barrens in our area it was mined/scraped for gravel.
The Queen’s Delight ( Stillingia texana) can only be found on limestone based soils.
And last year’s Missouri Primrose ( Oenothera macrocarpa) seed pod laid on the gravelly ground. Soon the yellow flowers will be spaced among the other plants in late March through June on the barren.
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