A Battle

We were off to a good start. After going down the hill, Jeanne had already got a good collection of mosses. We were heading down to the creek. Creeks are such great places for mosses along the banks.

A lone Grape Hyacinth (Muscari neglectum) was near the edge of the woods. This non-native is a perennial bulbous plant native to Eurasia.
We were slowing heading down the hill.
An exit hole in a gall!
A few Fringed Puccoon (Lithospermum incisum) was tucked in here and there. Later in the season this species will get taller and lankier.
A few more Blue Funnel-lily (Androstephium coeruleum) scattered about.

Among the moss were these silk lined holes. I sorta think they are spider holes, but definitely do not know for certain. Another mystery to solve. 🙂

The bright orange red fungi presented a colorful contract to the lichens and bark!
Different species battle for their space. Here a Lepraria lichen was taking over a moss! It’s a tough fight!

Jeanne had already collected a dozen or more moss specimens before we even got to the creek. Mosses can be found on trees, but yes directly on the ground among the grasses too.

We finally make it to the dry creek in tomorrow’s post.

One last note, Kathy in the Hill Country has had hummers for a couple of weeks now. Thanks Kathy for the report!

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Keep looking!

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


  1. Let us know if you figure out what the silk lined holes are. I’ve got my hummer feeder out because Susan said it was time. Havent seen any yet.

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