Four hours…

Four hours…

Four hours is how long the snow came down.  We did our first walk about 11am. The wind was out of the west so Gracie only got snow mostly on one side of her. This big snow drift was at our back door LOL. It was the only place I saw any snow on the…

Larva out on a cold day

Larva out on a cold day

What was this larva doing out on this cold day? It was only in the lower 40’s, but at least the sun was out eh. Yesterday’s stinkhorn was breaking it ties to the grass. I found a second one near by today. It seems to be in rougher shape.  Keep looking!  

Gulliver

Gulliver

Yucca seed pod all empty. Milkweed (Asclepias) seed pod and a few seeds left. Spring Beauty, makes me think spring will be here soon: after we get snow Sunday(?) …LOL Greenbriar leaf. The grass looks like it is trying to tie it down. So is this Stalked Lattice Stinkhorn (Lysurus periphragmoides) a bit like the…

Headache?

Headache?

Poor girl hit our sliding door. Jim got the first photo. This is a female Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker. You can see that she does not have a mustache like the males. The mustache is black (for a yellow-shafted)  that starts at the base of the beak and runs under the cheek. She has the yellow-shafts…

Only a short walk today

Only a short walk today

 I kinda of got sided tracked with various things. One was a real cool moss. I will share it tomorrow.  A white-wing dove feather that I found along the fence. More of the feathers. It is interesting because this is the same place that I found the Mourning Dove feathers a few weeks back.  The…

More from yesterday

More from yesterday

 Here are the rest of the sights from yesterday’s adventure. These Devil’s Toenail fossils were arranged by nature. It looks like something I would do. Nature and I must think alike. Ha Ha! This was a nice mound of a squamulose lichen on the limestone hillside. Gracies stands above the grotto with running water. This…

Splendid day

Splendid day

 It is always a great day when I get to go to the grasslands. And today was no exception with the perfect weather! This plant was my goal to see today! It is called Big-root Cymopterus (Vesper macrorhizus or the old name Cymopterus macrorhizus).  Only one was found blooming today and it was pretty small….

Birdy!

Birdy!

 Had some nice birds today. No this is not a bird, but it is evidence that the Loggerhead Shrike was hunting in the area late yesterday or early this morning. I saw the shrike yesterday, but there were no field crickets cached then. Today there was. Must have been a cricket day for the shrike….

Sunshine is back!

Sunshine is back!

 Don’t get me wrong, I loved the rain we got, but it is always nice to have the sunshine back. This is just the shell of a snail. The snail can not detach itself from the shell. In the winter, snails will go under the leaf litter or other nooks and crannies and seal up…

Wet day

Wet day

It was a wet drippy day and only in the mid 30’s today. I tried to catch a water droplet fall. This is the first of many shots. A little further along and you can see the reflection of tree branches in the droplet. Almost! Dropped 🙂 I tried again on another droplet on a…

Closed for business

Closed for business

The Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) was closed for business today. I don’t blame it with temp being near 41 degrees around noon. Temperature kept falling in the afternoon so by 5pm it was 38 and ’twas windy all day…brrrrr!    The stinkhorn (Phallus) was out however. I cut it open to take a gander at its inners. Hollow…