Category Archives: This and That

Pants Grabbers Are Thriving

These vines grow along many of the rice field berms and overgrown fields I frequent in the wildlife management areas. Most of the year they are rather non-descript and innocent looking, until you find one has latched onto your pants with multiple thorns.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

This is the first time I remember noticing their blooms, which are tiny, but there were a small million of them, all looking very healthy.

The thorns are tiny, too. This next image is a severe crop and way over-sharpened, and even then the thorns are hard to see on the stem leading to that center flower.

Thorns
Thorns

These two patches were close together, but had different color schemes in the leaves.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

The individual flowers aren’t much to look at after they opened, but the water drops made this one special.

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

If you think you can step over it without an interaction you’re advised to raise your foot another couple inches, just to be sure!

Vines With Thorns
Vines With Thorns

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, Green Pond, SC
March 21, 2021

 

A Leaf, A Nest? What Is It?

When I took these photographs I thought these were dried leaves in an arty configuration. On closer inspection at home, I think there may be more to it as they are too precisely shaped.

Twig against the sky, two dangling unknowns
Twig against the sky, two dangling unknowns

Here’s a slightly closer view. It was quite breezy that day which may be why I didn’t get a closeup shot

Twig against the sky, a dangling unknown
Twig against the sky, a dangling unknown

I’m hoping to return to this spot soon, and to remember to look. If I do and they are there I’ll follow up.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 3, 2012

Hidden Mushroom World

It was a slow bird day at the swamp and I was looking for movement around the edges.

Mushrooms Growing In A Tree
Mushrooms Growing In A Tree

I didn’t see any moving creatures but did spot two groups of fungus that were in their own worlds in a crevice of a dead tree.

Mushrooms Growing In A Tree
Mushrooms Growing In A Tree

The next two images were taken with the Canon built in flash.

Mushrooms Growing In A Tree
Mushrooms Growing In A Tree

I didn’t have great footing and as I didn’t want to end up in the swamp I didn’t try to get the two groups together.

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Mushrooms Growing In A Tree

Here’s a wider shot of the tree where you can see the grouping from my first image; the second is a bit to the left. The tree had to have been magnificent in its day and is huge. I doubt I could put my arms around that limb. Sadly it has deteriorated noticeably in the five years I’ve been passing by.

Mushrooms Growing In A Tree
Mushrooms Growing In A Tree

A Waiting Stage, I’m Still Waiting

I walked by this stump recently when it was nicely lit by the late afternoon sun. I was reminded of a previous post, A Waiting Stage, and took a few images.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

It was almost exactly a year later, and the biggest difference in the scene is more green moss now on the trunk. I also got a different angle with Palmetto fronds in the background.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

There was still no wildlife taking advantage of the stage but I still think it is an attractive spot and will continue to keep my eye on it.

Tree Stump
Tree Stump

Red Seeds Bursting

These bright red seeds got my attention in a tangle of vegetation on the side of a pond dike.

Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod
Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod

Following their stem they I couldn’t identify any corresponding leaves.

Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod
Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod

I wanted to get a different angle but I was not willing to step any further in; biting insects are my biggest concern.

Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod
Bright Red Seeds Bursting From Their Pod

Perhaps this is Texas Mountain Laurel based on a search for “red seeds in pods.”

August 20, 2020