The Hackberry

The Hackberry

The humble Hackberry tree (Celtis) is often called a trash tree. In fact, this is so undeserved. True it is not good for lumber, but wow does it have other great qualities. The Hackberry can live 100-150 years, a great shade tree, and also tolerate air and soil pollutants. Moreover the wildlife love it! These…

Lots of Hexapods

Lots of Hexapods

I was still searching for the Thurber’s Pilostyles. However we had enough of bending over. So down we went towards the woods. Between the barrens and the woods, additional treasures were found. Even though it was a cool morning, many hexapods (six-legged arthropods) were out. Don’t let a cool morning stop you from exploring. In…

Cool morning

Cool morning

Yes, the temperature was cool on November 10th. However, I find it “cool” to be on the barrens anytime. 🙂 Evolution of the tree roots may have caused mass extinction 300 million years ago Document Detectives Use Smudges and Bloodstains to Investigate the Past For More Than 60 Years, Indigenous Alaskans Have Hosted Their Own…

Frost

Frost

After going to visit in Oregon, I am always ready to get home. There is certainly no shortage of treasures here. November 10th was the last warmish day before the cold front came through. And Jeanne and I took advantage of the day! We headed out to the LBJ grasslands. Everyone try to stay warm…

Cloudy First Wednesday

Cloudy First Wednesday

It was cloudy and cool for this First Wednesday. However, this did not cloud our spirits for the walk. What another great First Wednesday with fellow nature nerds! Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know

Small stuff

Small stuff

First kudos to Alan (Shirley’s son) and all the presenters at the zoom presentation at the zoom Armchair Botany: Women Documenting the Floras of Texas and Oklahoma! The women botanists were amazing scientists! When I find out where you can watch the recording I will post the information in case you missed it. It was…

Change in the air

Change in the air

OMG, it was 46.5 degrees for our low this morning! And yes, we did wear our coats. This morning while sitting at our window, the birds came in for a refreshing bath. Among our guests were mockingbirds, a robin, four to five Ruby-crowned Kinglets (FOS), and a flock of half dozen bluebirds. See the striking…

Cool cats

Cool cats

Over the past few days, we have found some cats (ie caterpillars)! I saw three monarchs heading south today. One at the LBJ grasslands and two here at the house. It seems like the Emperors butterflies have really exploded here. I wonder where they have been hiding all summer? Nary an Emperor cat have I…

Outside time…

Outside time…

My philosophy is to spend as much time outside exploring as I can! Even though we live out in the country, I have never found it boring outside in any weather. And I believe I can probably safely say Jeanne feels the same way as many of you do as well. Of course, my preference…

Garnett Preserve June 10th

Garnett Preserve June 10th

So when we reached the Garnett Preserve, it was the afternoon. Of course it was getting hot by then. In brief, the scouting day was a success! Ready for Shirley Day tomorrow! 6 stinking cool facts about dog noses Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the…