Abilene State Park

Abilene State Park

This is the last part of trip. And it was quite nice too! The park has about four or so miles of trails which are mostly in the shade. A great trip! These Butterflies Full of Wasps Full of Microwasps Are a Science Nightmare Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and…

Still in the woods

Still in the woods

Since the creek was mostly dry on this outing, we managed to go the entire length of the creek within the grasslands’ boundary. This post will finish the creek portion of the outing. ‘World’s Worst Invasive Weed’ Sold at Many U.S. Garden Centers Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the…

In awe

In awe

This morning I ran across this article on NPR, Stuck In A Rut? Sometimes Joy Takes A Little Practice. Near the bottom of the article, it lists three ways to practice happiness. Number two in the list is “Take an awe walk”. I feel that is what I do every time I step outside. So…

Down

Down

So in the last post, we were about to head down into the gully. In the early part of it, the greenbriar became thick and out came the clippers. Indeed obstacles are part of the adventure! Keep looking!

Armadillo and chicken

Armadillo and chicken

What does an armadillo and a chicken have in common? In the same way, they both needed to get to the other side of the road LOL. See what just goofing around leads to: The Biophysicist Transforming Asparagus Into Medical Implants Keep looking!

Dog-lichen!!!

Dog-lichen!!!

As we headed down into the pond drainage ditch…the Dog Lichen or Pelt Lichen(Peltigera) was spotted! So lucky to have another great find for the grasslands. So many treasures to be discovered. Keep looking!

A local guide

A local guide

The grasslands called to me again on July 20th! I was hoping for the best weatherwise (meaning not too hot). My grasslands buddies hoped so too. And as always, many interesting sights were seen! Stay tuned for more on the July 20th outing! Keep looking!

Candlesnuff

Candlesnuff

 These photos are all from the Prairie Seekers field day in Collin County.  Candlesnuff fungus or also called Stag’s horn fungus (Xylaria species)! Apparently you must look at the spores to get a definite answer for the species according to the MushroomExpert.  Border Patch caterpillar on Saw-tooth Sunflower (Helianthus grosseserratus)! We saw quite a few of…

A couple of cats

A couple of cats

Here are some more of the grasslands finds! Interesting to see how the beavers gnawed on the tree and how the tree is healing. New Cedar Elm leaves are colorful! Back of a new Post Oak leaf. If you have a chance, take a close up look at the hairs on the back of the…

Celestials!

Celestials!

More photos from the grasslands… Eastern Red Cedar with fungus where a limb had been cut off.   Closer view. Gnarly oak! Can you find the dragonfly? Closer…sometimes even when you know where it is, they can be hard to spot.  It is a female Common Whitetail. Greenbriar is starting to flower. This is a…

Festive!

Festive!

White Compass Plant  or White Rosinweed (Silphium albiflorum) was nibbled to a stub. The cows or maybe the deer must like it. We found multiple of the plants eaten. I don’t know what caterpillar this is on the Chittamwood, but it will completely defoliate the new leaves. Don’t worry, the tree will quickly get new…

Pussy toes

Pussy toes

More good stuff 🙂 Pussy toes (Antennaria parlinnii)!  Did you think it was going to be a kitty cat? 😉 This was a favorite plant that Shirley liked to show me in Cooke County. It was certainly easier to see there since it was on the roadside. Pussy Toes (Antennaria parlinnii) are in the Asteraceae…