My brother’s place

My brother’s place

My brother and family live on five acres in the Chicuahuan Desert. His place abuts a fifty thousand acres ranch. Just how cool is that! On our last full day, we spend the day at his house exploring. And he took us in his ATV up to the top of a nearby hill as well….

Datura and the moth

Datura and the moth

We were heading to visit my family. They live east of El Paso. We had wanted to go in June, but by that time it was already too hot. It is perfect now. Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

Down at the bottom

Down at the bottom

Continuing on with the Monday outing, we reach the creek bottom in this post. The creek had some water, but it does not run all the time. However with the recent rains, parts of it was still flowing. All of the above were from Monday’s outing. Those below are from today at our house. How…

Milky sap

Milky sap

There was quite the variety of colors on the outing. Yesterday, I showed you the chocolate and yellow mushrooms. Here are a few more colors to add to the rainbow of mushrooms. Articles: Narwhal Tusks Point to Changing Arctic Conditions Other Mammals, Not Dinosaurs, Kept Our Ancestors Down Biofuel Cell: Wearable Device Turns the Touch…

Hemaris diffinis

Hemaris diffinis

What a nice breeze on this morning’s walk. We saw a bumblebee on nightshade and then I spotted Hemaris diffinis (a moth) further into the woods next to a patch of Coralberry. I was excited to see it sitting still! Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) is a host plant of the Snowberry Clearwing! On first glance when…

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!

So the visit to the grasslands on Thursday was great as usual. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a breeze, but since we go really early it is not too bad. It started out on the roadside to hunt for a plant. I didn’t find it, but maybe it…

Mint-loving Pyrausta

Mint-loving Pyrausta

I was going to make this post about my visit to the grasslands yesterday, but changed my mind this afternoon when I found this visitor on my backdoor. (I am easily distracted.)The Mint-loving Pyrausta (Pyrausta acrionalis) sat there for sometime. There are 61 species of the genus Pyrausta in America north of Mexico. Their larva…

Gaura mollis

Gaura mollis

The Lizardtail is such a nice plant. It has a wet-like feel to it. It is one of the host plants for a White Lined Sphinx moth. I have not seen one on it this year, but I’m still watching for them. The plant can get six feet or so tall. With all the rain…

Imagination required

Imagination required

When I was growing up on a hot summer day, we were banned from inside the house. My dad worked the night shift so he was sleeping during the daytime. We did not have AC so it did not matter, inside or outside. So we sat around in the shade playing cards, played cars or…