47 vs 52

47 vs 52

What do you see? It is 47 degrees about 11:15 am and you can see dirt, debris, and a few Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) berries. Now it is 52 degrees and about 2pm. Closeup. The Harvester ants in my observations will not come out until it is at least 50+ degrees. I’m not sure of…

Patterns

Patterns

Start with a knot. Reminded me of a snail. You might have to use your imagination. LOL Thistle’s pattern in the phyllaries (bracts that held up the flower). Open Partridge Pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) seedpod. A Gayfeather (Liatris mucronata) stalk and seeds. Greenbriar (Smilax bona-nox) leaf. I think this is a Bois D’arc (Maclura pomifera) leaf. The leaves look…

Frosting on the cake

Frosting on the cake

 Well, not really frosting on the cake BUT frosting on the plants this morning!  It got down to 27 degrees at my house. Frostweed (Verbesina virginica) is a favorite plant of mine. It attracts beaucoup (which is French for a lot- I didn’t remember that it was French) of insects while it is blooming. And…

North breeze

North breeze

 Cold front definitely blew in last night! Was 27 degrees this morning at my house and made it to 49. Glad it was sunny. Someone had a meal…Mourning Dove feathers. This blackish lichen is called a jelly lichen. When it is dry, it is blackish. When wet, it is rubbery and slightly greenish. Part of…

Plum interesting

Plum interesting

Eggs of the Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth (Malacosoma americanaover) overwinter on wild plum trees (Prunus). Same kind of eggs as above. The eggs are so pretty and glossy. Backside of an old Praying Mantis egg casing with a foliose lichen growing on it on the wild plum tree. The Loggerhead Shrike uses the wild plum…

A little wet

A little wet

 We got a little wet this afternoon. So far .1 inch. I ain’t complaining; brings out the color in so much. I believe this is probably a Firedot lichen (Caloplaca species) and a Xanthoria species  (the yellowish one) on a old fence post. Bristle grass (Setaria species) with Little Bluestem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium). Closeup. I am not sure if this…

Defense

Defense

This Leaf beetle (Chrysolina auripennis) was just moving along just fine. Its antenna has a beaded look. Then a big ole predator (me) nudged him. Its antenna and legs pulled into a protection mode. I flipped him and could see how small it had made itself. Pretty cool! I did flip it up right when…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 I hope everyone is having a safe and happy Thanksgiving. 🙂 Pareidolia – The perception of apparently significant patterns or recognizable images in random or accidental arrangement of shapes and lines. For example, when you look at the clouds and you might see dragons, dogs, monsters, people and so on. I have a donkey on…

FOS

FOS

 I had my FOS (First of season) Brown Creeper this afternoon. Always exciting to see one in our woods. One time years ago when I was out with Claire at Unit 55 (Rucker’s), we saw a Brown Creeper. It was doing it usual business going up the tree hunting for its next meal. While we…

Damp morning

Damp morning

Foggy and drizzly this morning. It did clear up around 2pm here. Nothing in the rain gauge for November yet.  Update: Getting rain at 7:11pm. By 8pm we got .47 inch. Yeah! Seed head, possibly a Sleepy Daisy (Xanthisma texanum var drummondii). The damp weather brings out the green in these lichens.  Red Paper Wasp’s…