A name

A name

How often does a name elude you? You look at a plant or something, and you say it looks so familiar. It happens too often to me and sometimes it will be hours or even days later when the name pops out.  Ok, sometimes never LOL. Well, this plant was mine today. But I was…

Feathers

Feathers

 It was cloudy all day, but not bad out with no wind. These fungi are rock hard. They are a polypore type. They each had a hole in the top and you can see the other tiny insect holes too. Every time I turn over a branch and find fungus, it like finding treasure. And…

Dripping rock ravine

Dripping rock ravine

Turban Lichen (Cladonia peziziformis) was still hanging on. It was there when we were there back in the summer. Purple Cliff-brake (Pellaea atropurpurea), mosses, and Turban lichens. Hanging roots and a hole in the side of the ditch. This nostoc was laying on the ground. It was partial dry and wet. The black part is…

5.38 miles

5.38 miles

 That’s how far Gracie went on the grasslands yesterday. Humans went only 2+ miles in the three and half hours.  A good part of the day was in the gullies and the creek bed. The side of some of the gullies were this red sandy/clay loam. Roots and red sandy/clay loam were beautiful! From the…

A splendid day!

A splendid day!

 With the rest of week with rain in the forecast, I just had to get out. And today was just beautiful out. So off to the grasslands we went!  The leaves of Pin Clover (Erodium cicutarium) were this colorful red. And it was blooming. It is a non-native plant. According to Wikipedia “it is native…

Many colors for winter

Many colors for winter

Greenbriar  (Smilax bona-nox) in the winter loses a lot of its leaves, but some hang on. Some are subtle. Others do the camo-like thing. Others are like a rainbow of colors. And then some hold onto there green. As a famous frog once said it is not easy being green and that is especially true…

Baby pine cone

Baby pine cone

This caught my eye in the driveway. A baby pine cone must have blown off in yesterday’s wind. It was about 15 mm (1/2″). So pretty.  Closer yet. I wonder how far this fluffy down feather got blown yesterday? Leaf beetle (Chrysolina auripennis) was a surprising find today. Host plants for it are Beebalm (Monarda)…

Orange tack

Orange tack

 Here are the rest of the photos from yesterday’s grasslands adventure. Not sure why this orange tack was there but sure was bright. Maybe a surveyor or a researcher or maybe someone just had time on their hands?? The tentacles look like a snake skeleton.  Blackland Thistle (Cirsium engelmannii). Burl on Bur Oak. Crust fungus….

30 mph

30 mph

 30 mph was our high wind gust this afternoon. That did not stop me from heading over to the grasslands. We were mostly in low areas so the wind was not bad. The bird highlight was when a we saw a Red-tailed Hawk come screaming overhead chasing a Cooper’s Hawk. Cooper’s quickly left the area….

19 and plus…

19 and plus…

 I decided to do my-before-lunch walk at 9am this morning and on a whim I decided to make a list of birds. It had been a long time since I had used ebird. I was pleasantly surprised on the ease of entering the species than what it use to be, after getting out of the…

Signs

Signs

 Signs give us information. Signs can tell humans information. A sign like this can give a warning and shows some shooting fool has been in the area. Signs are important sources of information for nature as well. This Post Oak leaf is a sign that a mammal is in heat. I’m sure the male critter…

Fish skeleton

Fish skeleton

The Eryngo looks like fish skeletons. Especially if you turn it on its side. Three earthstars! Not sure why this is red, blood or fungus? I don’t know. It is on a dead Live Oak. I found this cool white fungus when I turned over a fallen branch. Closer view. Black finger fungus. At least…