Look up or down

Look up or down

Having come to the end of the first ravine, we struck out to find another. And it was not too much further down along the fence line. The Rough Green Snake was pretty wiggly. And it left its musky smell on Jeanne. A little water and that washed right off. Adventures require looking down, but…

Fall Day

Fall Day

Wasn’t it absolutely gorgeous out today! Did you get to enjoy it? Jeanne and I certainly did. Yep, we were back at the grasslands! Scientists Revived Ancient ‘Zombie Viruses’ Frozen For Eons in Siberia Top-flight recovery: the inspiring comeback of the California condor Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the…

Ferns

Ferns

As we progressed along the control line we reached another ravine. The outing was a fern bonanza day! Multiple species seen and a brand new one for the grasslands. Australia: How ‘bin chickens’ learnt to wash poisonous cane toads Authorities in Western U.S. Agree to Rip-Up Grass Lawns for Water Conservation Springtails Are Natureโ€™s Tiny…

Control line

Control line

Along many of the boundary fences on the grasslands, the Forest Service has cleared the brush and trees. The cleared area is about twenty feet wide from the fence. So it is constructed to create fire edges to control a fire. In fact, it is called a control line. I had always just called them…

Slant

Slant

Maybe after feasting at your tables and giving thanks, maybe some of you took a walk to be thankful for nature. I try to be thankful every day. Now to continue on with the discoveries from the Nov. 22th outing. How the Formerly Ubiquitous Pumpkin Became a Thanksgiving Treat Worldโ€™s heaviest flying bird uses plants…

Yesterday’s outing

Yesterday’s outing

What a wonderful damp day today. And it looks like a similar forecast for the next few days. I do hope it does not interfere with any Thanksgiving (Thankful) Day plans you may have. ๐Ÿ™‚ More to come tomorrow from yesterday’s outing! The true, dark history of Thanksgiving In addition, to Thanksgiving there are two…

A Frosty Morning (Nov. 17th)!

A Frosty Morning (Nov. 17th)!

T’was a frosty morning on November 17th! However, it soon warmed up and was the perfect day for collecting plants. In addition to the aforementioned plants, I collected these as well; Willow-leaf Sunflower, skullcap, Hypericum, seeds of Silphium laciniatum. Now I just hope to keep them alive. Wish me luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ Today, November 20 was…

Snow in the valley

Snow in the valley

Hold on, wait a minute! Your citrus in the Texas Valley is safe for now. But what about here in North Texas overnight? Our low was 32 degrees this morning. Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know

Its alive!

Its alive!

We were almost to the woods now. It was alive! The Green Lacewing (Chrysopidae) larva was wearing its camo clothing. Very effective don’t you think? Last part of the November 10th in the next post! The World’s Largest Tree Is Ready for its Close-Up Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and…

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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…