Friday, November 26, 2021
Seeing Creatures from the Inside Out
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Explore Outdoors ~ After Frost
Even after frost, some flowers hold onto their beauty. When you look closely, you can see the details: the hairs on the leaves, the disc flowers in the center, the delicate petals that curl back. You might even find some seeds that you can shake out and let fall to the ground - or collect and plant in your own garden.
As you walk around your neighborhood, local parks, and even your backyard, look for the beauty in frost-killed flowers. Do you notice details you didn't see when they were green and showy?
If you are really lucky - and outside in the early morning - you might even catch frost on the petals!
Friday, November 19, 2021
Pandemic Animal Stories
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Explore Outdoors ~ Blueberries are Red
Friday, November 12, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Explore Outdoors ~ A pocket of green
One of the cool things about this time of year - aside from the temperature - is the contrast of colors I find in our yard. Reds, greens, golds... there is so much beauty right under our feet.
This week take a look at the ground around you. What colors do you see? What kinds of plants and leaves are on the ground? What does it smell like and sound like as you walk along?
Friday, November 5, 2021
Who's the Weirdest Animal of All?
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Explore Outdoors ~ An Earthball by my Porch
There's a small bit of old board laying in the grass next to my porch. I probably used it to level a flower pot a few years ago. Over the years moss and lichens began growing.
Then, mid-September, a very strange thing showed up.
Kind of roundish.
Kind of tough and leathery-ish.
Nestled into the grass and moss like an egg. But with a tiny hole at the top.
I figured it was a fungus of some sort. But what?
Turns out it's an Earthball. Also called the Pigskin Poison Puffball. It doesn't have much of a stipe (stem) - just a tiny bit that connects it to the soil.
I decided to watch it for a couple weeks to see what happened.
I checked on my Earthball every day for about... three days. Then I forgot. I'd charge out the door on my way to the garden, the library, the mailbox. And I'd say "oh, I'll take a good look at it when I get back."
Over the span of 20 days, the Earthball aged. It got scaly and looked a bit deflated. Nothing had eaten it - somehow I thought it might be nibbled by one of the chipmunks that hang out on the porch. But no, the animals left it alone. I guess nobody wants to partake of Pigskin Poison Puffball.
Three days later it had split, in an uneven tear. A dusting of black spores covered the moss and grass.
Want to learn more about Earthballs? Here's a great post from Fungus Fact Friday.
What sort of fungi are hanging around your porch?