Category: hike

Today was chilly and overcast, and I’m recover…

Today was chilly and overcast, and I’m recovering from an illness, but none of that was enough to stop me from visiting Baxter’s Hollow. I know I’ve already written about my love and fascination with this piece of land, but now it’s spring going into summer and I am blown away by the diversity of plants, both vascular and nonvascular. In the above photos you can see the horsetails softening the margin of the creek, growing among moss and other plant species I’ve seen more commonly in northern Wisconsin.

Spring ephemerals!!! Featuring: marsh marigol…

Spring ephemerals!!! Featuring:

marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) (and a bit of skunk cabbage in the background), wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia), spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), and large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora).

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I’m not really a big picture person (if that’s not already clear from my tiny worlds blog), so it didn’t occur to me that 1) the woods I chose to visit during my limited time after work were a floodplain and 2) that said floodplain would be too flooded for me to traverse (and certainly too flooded for the spring ephemerals I’m still hunting for). 

Determined to get something out of my hike, I made my way to the drier, more open part of the natural area, giving up on flowers and mushrooms, instead focusing on having a nice visit with the lichens I knew I’d find there. I discovered abandoned railroad tracks that were covered in lichens and mosses, and oh my god it was so good. Pictures to follow!

When I first visited Mazomanie Oak Barrens…

When I first visited Mazomanie Oak Barrens State Natural Area a few months ago, everything was still blanketed in snow, but I noticed a surprising amount of lichen diversity on fallen logs, tree trunks, and branches (see this short video I took). Today I returned to find EVEN MORE lichen diversity that had been revealed by the snow melt. Many of them were a bit crispy from a recent (last fall, maybe) prescribed burn, but no less gorgeous.

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microcosmicobservations:I made a video from my…

microcosmicobservations:

I made a video from my hike yesterday. Featuring: lichen (Peltigera, Ramalina, and others), moss, and me being excited about things! Please join me. 🙂

The world we live in is so beautiful if you open yourself up to the little things.

I made a video from my hike yesterday. Featuri…

I made a video from my hike yesterday. Featuring: lichen (Peltigera, Ramalina, and others), moss, and me being excited about things! Please join me. 🙂

I messed up my side mirror just before heading…

I messed up my side mirror just before heading out for a photo/video hike, which led to me stopping at the hardware store beforehand for some heavy duty glue. Not wanting to drive too far and risk undoing my DIY fix, I picked the nearest chunk of public land to meander – Mazomanie Oak Barrens natural area. It was my first time there, and immediately I was in love with all of the lichens. I also found this beautiful log, so hopefully someone else out there can appreciate it as much as me. (It’s not super necessary to unmute for this one unless you really want to hear my voice.)

microcosmicobservations: Please enjoy this vid…

microcosmicobservations:

Please enjoy this video that captures me acting like a kid in a candy store while exploring some rocks! In the video I give suggestions on how to make your winter hikes more enjoyable as you hunt for organisms to investigate.

Summary:

  • Take your time and hike mindfully to notice the small details

  • Note assemblages of communities and how they might fit into the ecosystem as a whole

  • Look for nooks and crannies – these can create microclimates ideal for protecting organisms from cold winter wind, as well as accumulating moisture

Please enjoy this video that captures me actin…

Please enjoy this video that captures me acting like a kid in a candy store while exploring some rocks! In the video I give suggestions on how to make your winter hikes more enjoyable as you hunt for organisms to investigate.

Summary:

  • Take your time and hike mindfully to notice the small details

  • Note assemblages of communities and how they might fit into the ecosystem as a whole

  • Look for nooks and crannies – these can create microclimates ideal for protecting organisms from cold winter wind, as well as accumulating moisture

It’s finally been raining after several dry weeks. This morning…

It’s finally been raining after several dry weeks. This morning I went for a mushroom hike though it was still sprinkling (I couldn’t wait – I’m going through withdrawal), and I ran into a patch of Calostoma lutescens. I kind of want to make a short video all about C. lutescens and its relative Calostoma cinnabarinum. What do you think?

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