Old and New

Old and New

The day (Feb. 2nd) was cloudy with a chance of rain by afternoon. However this did not dampen our adventure. We were in Cooke County at the Dixon Water Foundation. Note: this property is not open to the public. Rare ancient tree discovery has scientists ‘gobsmacked’ Ice Age cave paintings decoded by amateur researcher We…

Smell the Roses

Smell the Roses

It was a gorgeous day yesterday. Between chores and appointments I managed to find the time to stop to smell the roses. Ok I didn’t really smell the roses but I did stop to look close at a few plants. Ahhh, it had been a nice day! Today Jeanne and I went on another nearby…

A Chunk of Ice

A Chunk of Ice

We were back on top again on Jan. 25th. It is interesting to go back to spots that I had only visited mostly during the spring or summer seasons previously. And that made a fine finish to our Jan. 25th outing! Engineered Bacteria Eat Waste Plastic and Make Spider Silk – “Nature’s Kevlar” Zebras, beautiful…

Lichen Mystery

Lichen Mystery

After being on the edge we moved down to the upper tier of the hillside. Artificial light messes with insects’ ability to tell up from down Thanks Claire! World’s Smallest “Fanged” Frogs Found in Indonesia Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know

Now on the Edge

Now on the Edge

We were still on top but had moved to a brushy area. The habitat at the edge had more fallen trees. Tomorrow’s post will be just below the top edge. How NASA Got Involved With Parachuting Beavers Thanks Judy! How DNA from the Dead Is Helping Boost Species on the Brink Keep looking! The more…

Back in the Hole?

Back in the Hole?

We continued on top at the barren on Jan. 25th. Did you make it outside today? Certainly hope so! It was a glorious day! Thawing Time Capsules: Glacier Melting Destroys Important Climate Data Archive The Secrets of the Sea Hidden High in the Andes Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and…

Look in the Right Place

Look in the Right Place

On Thursday Jeanne and I were off to the grasslands. The place I choose was a barren. In this case one of the locations was a former gravel pit. However the pit is not quite the accurate term. It appeared they mostly just scraped the hilltop down about five feet. So my choice of the…

A Puff

A Puff

Indeed a foggy start to the morning, eh! Well, at least at our house. 🙂 So I will continue on with Jan. 18th outing. Watch the puff! Great spot Jeanne! Tomorrow we head down into the ravine or ditch which ever you want to call it. Most Animals Have a 24-Hour Body Clock. This Beetle…

Look Up, Down, and Under

Look Up, Down, and Under

As often is the case we poke in holes and under bark. Yeah just about anything that can be done safely. The black triangle appeared to be debris. However I could not tell if the black at the front of the larva was part of it or perhaps part of something it ate. And that’s…

Intricate Patterns and Holes

Intricate Patterns and Holes

I thought today was beautiful; the sunshine, hardly any wind, and a high of 35f. More from Thursday’s outing. And it was not boring. ;-). Barking Beetle Patterns Beetle Collecting 101: How to rear wood-boring beetles More tomorrow from the Jan 18th outing! A winter weather pattern change is about to bring a wild swing in…

Winter is Over

Winter is Over

I have used up my hot cocoa mix. Thus my conclusion; winter is over. That’s how it was last year. 😉 In fact the seven day forecast does say the temps will be going up. What do you believe? Groundhog Day is just a few weeks away. So Phil has only gotten it right 40%…

Tuesday Drive-about

Tuesday Drive-about

Since it was pretty chilly on Tuesday (9th) a drive-about was in order. Besides I wanted to check on a plant. 🙂 Jeanne and Kate agreed to go along. More tomorrow! This is the oldest fossilized reptile skin ever found — it pre-dates the dinosaurs In Graphic Detail: Sea Turtle Feminization Keep looking! The more…