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.
I went for two hikes today, and none of my photos turned out that great, but I did get this video of a gross puffball that I think was too moist and old to puff out spores. Also it smelled like wet dog. (No need to unmute unless you want to hear me exclaim things.)
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.)