I missed it

I missed it

On Monday I had to pass on an opportunity for an outing. So I made request of Jeanne to take some photos to show me what I had missed. Goodness, I missed a good outing. Here are Jeanne’s photos. And thanks Jeanne! More of Jeanne’s photos tomorrow! Keep looking! The more you know, the more…

Seven days had passed…

Seven days had passed…

Sometimes the best finds are the unexpected finds. Seven days had passed… The animal might be the Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)! Or it could be the Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme). Reading up on its life history, Wagner’s book says the only way to confirm its true identity is by raising it. So fingers crossed. And…

Now is the time

Now is the time

Why you ask is it the time? Well, the poison ivy has no leaves so tis easier not to get a rash. However, beware that you can still get a rash if you handle the vine or stems of it. But beside winter being an excellent time to avoid the poison ivy, it is a…

Just the bare bones

Just the bare bones

Oh my what a beautiful day today! Gracie insisted that I sit outside with her for awhile. I did not object. LOL. Hope you got some outdoor time too. Now back to Tuesday’s (Jan 3rd) outing. And so that was the bare bones of that Tuesday’s outing. 🙂 Extraordinary close-up images show insects as you’ve…

Artifacts

Artifacts

There are frequent finds of “trash” on the grasslands. What is trash? Seems like a simple question doesn’t it? Anything twenty-five years or older I have heard you should leave alone. Archeologists say fifty years. In archaeology there is an important concept called context. Context is, in part, the location where an artifact was found….

Fallen

Fallen

The winter season offers up wonders of nature. And things are easier to see with most of the leaves fallen. Paleontologists May Have Solved the Mystery Behind a Prehistoric Reptile Graveyard Deep sea creatures: the amazing under-explored part of the world Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you…

Who done it?

Who done it?

Do you know the name Roxie Laybourne? She was an American ornithologist who pioneered forensic ornithology. Her specialty was identifying dead birds from their feathers to learn the types of birds that collided with planes. Laybourne died in 2003 at the age of 92. However fourteen year prior to her passing, she taught Carla Dove…

Nine

Nine

What a crisp and delightful day out with the First Wed group today. The First Wednesday group of nine had a wonderful morning at the grasslands. Indeed many tidbits of new information were shared. Thank you all! Save these Dates for Prairie Time in North Texas (Fort Worth chapter of NPAT) Keep looking! The more…

Erosion rocks

Erosion rocks

Erosion was and still is a battle on the grasslands. However, erosion areas are a great place to look for rocks and petrified wood. The wood is not actually wood any longer of course. It is known as a replacement fossil unlike an impression fossil. TxDOT has a neat poster of Texas Rocks & Fossils….

Its the law

Its the law

Gravity is a law. And like all forces they act upon us. Gravity is no exception. Though on this outing I had planned to stay on top. Well, it did not happen. Gravity pulled me down into a ravine. LOL Even though gravity pulled me down in the ravine, I did manage to look at…

A Greenbriar’s smile

A Greenbriar’s smile

The erosion area was most interesting. However, there was a rise to one side that I could not see over. Thus it called for an investigation as well. Reaching the top of the rise, I looked down the other side. Oh my gosh, a bright green spot. I mean bright. Of course, I had to…

Buddies

Buddies

Today was a very nice day even if it was a bit breezy. The temperature certainly made up for the wind. Happy New Year’s Eve or just Happy New Year’s (depending on when you read this ;-)! I hope the New Year brings abundant happiness and good health for all. Keep looking! The more you…