Category: plants

Yesterday I explored a small portion land that…

Yesterday I explored a small portion land that used to be home to an ammunition plant and has been reclaimed by nature over the past 40+ years. The area I explored hasn’t been restored and was home to many invasive species, as well as plants that were actively trying to cut me up. But I managed to find a surprising diversity of mosses nestled on tree trunks, branches, and the soil.

Convergent evolution is one of my favorite top…

Convergent evolution is one of my favorite topics to think about. In this video, I give you a brief introduction to the evolution of similar traits in species that aren’t closely related. You can see this throughout the natural world, and it’s amazing to think about how some really specialized traits – like carnivorous plants! – could have evolved multiple times.

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

One final reblog because I realized I didn’t write out some of the more specific points:

  • Look at bases of trees for mosses and entire trunks for lichens
  • Look at rocks for mosses and lichens, where you can sometimes see the reproductive structures
  • Check out the margins of unfrozen bodies of water for aquatic or partially-aquatic species like duckweed and liverworts
  • Look for evergreen plant species like partridge berry and some species of fern

More tips to come soon since we have only just opened Pandora’s box.

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

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This year was probably one of the worst years for me personally, but I’m grateful for all that I was able to see and share with you. Thank you for sticking with me, and I hope you have a wonderful new year! 

Some people introduce themselves to their neig…

Some people introduce themselves to their neighbors when they move to a new place – I, on the other hand, explore plant communities in the nearby forests. I’ve been back in Wisconsin for a few days, and today I finally got outside. I went to Baxter’s Hollow, which I’d been to just a few times before but recalled it had a lot of nooks and crannies that would be good for finding interesting communities on a sunny winter day. It exceeded my expectations – I was enchanted by the variety of lichens growing on boulders, the evergreen ferns tucked between rocks, the lush moss covering downed trees, and the gorgeous bluffs. I am excited to return on the next sunny day, though next time I’ll go early before the sun hides behind the western hills.

El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach

El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach

Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophyllum brunneum)

Shaggy Parasol (Chlorophyllum brunneum)

Cute leaves

Cute leaves