Sleet!

Sleet!

  As Gracie and I were out walking the back fence this afternoon it started to sleet. I noticed because I could see it on Gracie’s fur. Also had a little bit of slushy snow flurries mixed with rain while I sat in the truck in town late this afternoon. The Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes cernua) still…

Daddy was not very hungry

Daddy was not very hungry

Harvestman or Daddy Longlegs (Leiobunum vittatum) was eating a millipede (Aniulus). It was cold when I found it this morning which may explain why its legs were so weirdly positioned. I went back later and checked.  Daddy was still nearby but the head was all that Daddy wanted to eat.  View of a thistle (Cirsium) leaf….

Damp this morning

Damp this morning

 We got .09″ this morning. It sprinkled a bit more around 11am. The sun came out this afternoon with a high of about 58.  When the fallen leaves are damp, it brings out browns. I sure would not like this picture for a jigsaw puzzle. This Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) stump pops in the damp…

Fungi

Fungi

There are many kinds of organisms that can be placed in the group fungi. They become noticeable when they produce their fruiting body. The puffball above is the fungus’ fruiting body. Most of time you don’t see them do their work of de-compositing of organic matter to their roles in nutrient cycling.  This fungus is causing white…

Christmas tree ornament

Christmas tree ornament

The Bagworm moth (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) likes Eastern Red Cedars. They remind me of Christmas tree ornaments. I know most people don’t want them, but with the insect population decreasing so rapidly, I am not one to kill them. The ones I see around my place have not caused any damage. And well, it is nature….

Feeling goooood!

Feeling goooood!

Hope y’all are feeling good and got to get out in this awesome weather. Gracie was feeeeeling good and a roll in the grass just makes it better.  Cedar Elm’s (Ulmus crassifolia) have these corky wings/ridges on some of the branches. This corky wings had galls (the pointy things) on it. Another view. Cedar Elm is…

Perfect weather

Perfect weather

 Today’s weather was just absolutely perfect! Robins on my birdbath. Frosted coyote scat. Our low was 32 this morning. The whitish knot looks like some sort of creature, but not sure what. LOL Closeup. Greenbriar (Smilax bona-nox) tendril. I think the tendrils are amazing the way they find something to hold. I got these tiny 2×3…

Brown

Brown

 Brown is adjective which is defined as a color produced by mixing red, yellow, and blue. When I googled the definition of brown, I also got these words as similar:  hazel, chocolate-colored, coffee-colored, cocoa-colored, nut brown, brunette, mousy, sepia, mahogany, umber, burnt sienna, beige, buff, tan, fawn, biscuit, camel, cafĂ© au lait, caramel, mushroom, bay, sorrel,…

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…