Merry Christmas to ALL!     and Part III   Rocks, dirt, and mud insect nests

Merry Christmas to ALL! and Part III Rocks, dirt, and mud insect nests

I hope everyone gets time to celebrate nature this holiday season.  These are the last of the photos from Tuesday’s adventure. First big petrified wood! But wait…there was second big chunk of petrified wood further along! I like this photo because of the rainbow glare surrounding the sandstone. The honeycomb rocks were cool in the…

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 Yesterday’s finds were great. The orchids were the highlight of the day’s adventure, but certainly not all. The following are some of the other highlights. It just blows me away that the remains of these creatures lived some 145-100 millions years ago and that most all of our area was under the sea. Mussels and…

On the top

On the top

Yesterday, after we climbed out of the creek bed, we walked along the top of the mesa in the prairie. So the following are a few things that capture my eye on the top of the mesa. Gayfeather (Liatris mucronata) with a Meshweb weaver  (Dictynidae) web under the blooms. Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Gayfeather.   We…

Montague County drive about

Montague County drive about

 Had to get a drive-about before the rain…fingers crossed! Rough-winged swallows were our first stop along the side of the road.  We also had first of season American kestrels.  Other birds of the day were Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, doves, Loggerhead Shrikes, roadrunner, red-shouldered hawk, vultures, White-eyed vireo and one mad-at-us Carolina wren.  Then…