Down in the Gully

After being up in the open I moved down into a small gully. The RX burn had opened it up with the brush burnt back.

There I found the acrocarp Funaria moss was making capsules.
Here’s a look at single specimen.
While sitting admiring the moss I saw a nearby dead millipede. Look at those hairy legs. Furthermore I would not have ever notice that if it had been alive and moving.

Certainly red catches my eye like this nearby grasshopper leg. 🙂 Sitting down often can lead to more discoveries.
The non-native Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) was down in the gully. However only a few were found.

The Texas Balloonwort (Sphaerocarpos texanus) was a very nice find. It is an ephemeral liverwort which likes sandy loam soils. I have it at home but it is not up yet.

The Texas Balloonwort is dioecious (having separate male and female plants). The male is smaller at usually 5mm and often dark. So I think the dark parts in this photo are the male. I had noticed the dark parts but thought it was just dying back in the field, but will be looking even closer now. 🙂 The larger female reaches up to 2 cm.

After doing a internet search, I believe the circle and arrow parts are male. Very COOL!

Leap Day! So it is like a free day for the year. I hope that you used it wisely. Indeed I did! Tomorrow I will share my Leap Day’s adventure. But first a couple of neat Leap Day clouds at home.

Today we had a bit of everything, from rain to sunshine. In fact we even had a big clap of thunder!
Final cloud photo.

Why do we need a leap year? And happy February 29!

Jackals may urinate on their favourite fruit to deter thieves If you want to read the whole paper you can download it here.

Seamounts of the Southeast Pacific (short video of beautiful creatures)

Keep looking!

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


  1. I could watch those sea creatures all night. Especially the octopus with the dumbo ears. And I’ve never seen prettier clouds. Thanks

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