Category: Winter

It snowed!

It snowed!

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. 🙂

Cladonia species and ice – 2/2018 at Mazomanie…

Cladonia species and ice – 2/2018 at Mazomanie Oak Barrens, Wisconsin

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I went for two hikes today, and none of my pho…

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.)

Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa, CA

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.)

Photo

Photo

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