This picture was taken during the heart of the most recent 2019/2020 winter in the same place as the Moss Post I made a while back. It’s so cool how everyone in this area leaves the moss formation alone and lets it grow in this way. I love looking at it; the moss looks like tiny islands in the sand, or like grassy hills.
It was much sunnier when I took the more recent pictures!
Last Year (overcast weather):
Taken on a chilly nature walk
I saw this lovely green holly on a nature walk. I believe it is English Holly due to how curved the leaves are.
The sassafras tree is very interesting, for it produces multiple types of leaves on the same tree. Each leave can have one, two, or three lobes. They are also slightly fuzzy. The roots were an important item for trade between early America and the old world because they made a tasty drink, and the leaves are used in some styles of cooking, though I have no recipes to offer.
Mostly we see large flocks of invasive starlings in winter. Sometimes, though, an occasional hawk or group of vultures passes through. Such was the case during my nature walk early in January. The sky was so blue and cloudless.
This image is from the winter of 2018/2019, in an area that was both damp and sandy, but didn’t get too much foot traffic. The moss in this place grew in such a fascinating pattern, like little islands. I just had to take a picture of it.
I went for a long walk in mid-fall this year. Around the same time, a pair of fawns were also going for a stroll! I was lucky and took several pictures of them. At one point, one of them was walking right towards me so I had to back up (be respectful and keep your distance from wildlife!) It was a beautiful day and I got some lovely pictures of the deer.
Another image from the recent dreary weather. This was taken during what is normally one of the brightest times of the day.
One of the few things still green here, these magnolia leaves were a colorful spot in the recent dreary winter rains.
If you throw the leaves into a fireplace, they crackle so loudly!