An Ordinary, Glorious Day
I spent this morning with another volunteer, walking a private property, helping the landowner by searching for a certain endangered plant. We didn’t end up finding any, but we did find a close relative of the plant. We were able to educate a few people about it, and the landowner was grateful for our efforts, so I felt satisfied we had accomplished something.
As we walked in what we hoped was a grid pattern, I realized how much I have learned in the seven years since we moved to this area. I have lived in urban Houston and on the coastal prairie southwest of Houston proper, and I knew the plants of those areas, but I didn’t know many plants of this Pineywoods region. As I walked today I realized that I now know the names of almost every plant I step over, duck under, or get tangled in!
After a stop at a little barbecue joint and then a resale shop, a nap and some good coffee, I spent this afternoon in the shade. Birds have been very active in a little group of trees over the past few days, and for once I got on the right side to get well-lit pictures instead of silhouettes. I spotted eleven species of birds in these four trees within an hour. Only one of the trees has any berries, and one of the trees is dead, so I think the birds are going after insects. It is always a special treat to see mixed flocks and the birds’ interactions.
It sounds like an all around nice day!
You must be walking with eyes and mind open to be able to ID so many plants and animals. Good for you.
I like that flicker shot. We see them regularly in eastern IA. They are cool birds.
Thanks for the shots and walk-around.
I think I am a born classifier! If I ever get to the point where I know all the species I am looking at, possibly I will learn about them in greater depth, like life histories, etc. But every time I get the names down, we move and I start all over. 🙂