Books and rain

Books and rain

While traveling, I took several books along with me to read. First book, A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future by Benjamin Vogt. A book for today’s environment and every gardener should read. Second, Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse by Dave Goulson. This is a just published book that is…

Plenty to see in the fall

Plenty to see in the fall

Over the course of the days, we spent at my brother’s, there was so much to find. Here in this post are more of those things! 300 years of tree rings show just how badly hurricanes have soaked the Carolinas Rethinking How We Celebrate American History—Indigenous Peoples’ Day No Nobel Prizes in Science Went to…

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…

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.

Quick sand!

Quick sand!

So the right short branch of the creek was most interesting. Of course, we tend to find something no matter which way we turn. Always something to see right! And now we continue to the left. Keep looking! The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know.

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!

Pipevine!

Pipevine!

The July 16th outing saga continues! As we started to climb in elevation, we happened upon the Woolly Dutchman’s Pipevine (Aristolochia tomentosa)! Of course, the elevation climb is really not that much. But this area did not have standing water as it was on a slight slope above the bottomlands. Keep looking!

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

As we walked further from the lake, but staying near the drainage ditch, we came across mushrooms and some other good stuff. These Moths Will Be Renamed to Stop Use of an Ethnic Slur Dr. Dal Forno is a Research Botanist at BRIT: Meet the Scientist: Manuela Dal Forno Warmer Climate May Cause Male Dragonflies…

Palps

Palps

This afternoon Gracie and I were startled on our walk. We saw our first turkey that I have seen in our woods. To be fair, I think it was more startled than either of us. It let out a weird sound and flew about 15 feet. Then it proceeded on foot away from us at…

Along the creek…

Along the creek…

We made it down to the creek. It was a pretty creek, but not a creek where you could easily walk along the water’s edge. We only went down to the actual creek one time. But that ended up being a good thing because we found several cool plants up above. It seems we got…

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…