Whew!

Whew!

Certainly was much too warm for me today! Our high was 88 degrees! I am so glad it supposed to cool down again in few days. A chance of rain on overnight on Tuesday means my fingers will be crossed. Western monarch butterflies have been vanishing. This week, a sanctuary saw thousands return. Keep looking!…

Back on the barrens

Back on the barrens

After the magical time in the ravine, we head back to the barrens towards our cars. When People Carved Turnips Instead of Pumpkins for Halloween Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

Magical

Magical

The ravines on the grasslands are magical. As a result, they draw us down into their depths. You just never know what a waits you around the next bend in a ravine! Finally if you did not catch this on PBS this week, I highly recommend watching it…My Garden of a Thousand Bees. Indeed the…

Gully

Gully

Gullies are always interesting places. The grasslands has quite a few of them. Many years ago, the Soil Conservation (now NRCS) constructed many ponds and terraces to stop the erosion. By the time the land was handed over to the Forest Service in the 1950’s, most of that was built. Still today, you can find…

Light jacket only

Light jacket only

October 19th was a lovely day to explore the grasslands! Indeed the temperature was perfect with only a light jacket needed. Our bird list was multiple flocks of Killdeer, cormorants, vultures, one red-tailed hawk, mockingbirds, a rattling Belted Kingfisher, Bluejay, and the best close up view of a Grasshopper Sparrow. Don’t Miss: Hunter’s, Blood Moon…

Sun peeked out

Sun peeked out

It was not long before the blue sky started to peek through the clouds. We started on top of a mesa. Then we walked along the edge of the woods but still in the grasses. The Curious Task of Digitizing Darwin’s Beans and Butterflies Watch Leaves Change Color in a Matter of Seconds Keep looking!…

A month

A month

Wow, it has been a month since I have been to the grasslands! Certainly, have missed it. And today was the perfect weather for the outing! Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

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…

Another overnight at Monahans

Another overnight at Monahans

Our visit was over. So it was time to head back east. Another overnight stay at Monahans Sandhills State Park. Primordial “Hyper-Eye” Discovered: Astonishing 390 Million-Year-Old Hyper-Compound Eye With 200 Lenses Tomorrow’s post … Abilene State Park! Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you…

My brother’s place

My brother’s place

My brother and family live on five acres in the Chihuahuan 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….

Laguna Prieta Trail II

Laguna Prieta Trail II

This was a fun trail but what I did not tell you yesterday was that we took many wrong turns before we found the real Laguna Prieta Trail. Because of the wrong turns, we saw many picnic table areas and the trail that followed along side the road. The navigator (me), finally picked the right…