Let's go for a walk.
We took our Junior Ranger program and worked on the plant study, here's what we found.
A flower with more than 5 petals
A fuzzy seed that can be carried on the wind
Spanish moss (flowering plant not really a moss)
A vine and a hiding critter
Look Mom, red berries!
Junior Ranger- a red flower or fruit
and a berry- look inside for seeds (Camille did)
Camille pointing to Sparkleberry
A fruit with hooks, sweetgum
and Danny wanted his picture taken too
Danny's holding Magnolia leaves
Ground lichen, looks like dirty snow but it's not.
and a close up of Cladina evansii ("powder-puff lichen", or "deer moss")
This was light green, the lady at the park said this was greybeard moss but Spanish moss is also called greybeard. Sigh. I need a book on lichen.
Camille says this is an insect's nest
Pink all over the tree? Lady at the park said it's called pepto-bismol but I can't find it in either my field guides or online so- yes, I need a book on lichen!
More pink lichen?
Camille completed Level III of the Fruits & Flowers section of her Junior Ranger program, finding 9 of 12 items.