Sunday, December 18, 2005

Walk in the woods

No birds were available to watch on today's walk in Searight Park in Austin, so I watched lichens and juniper stumps instead.

Lichens are complex organism, associations of fungal and algal species. I have no hope of identifying this lichen, common on the branches of various species of tree in the park.

Another view

Juniper stump forms.

Another juniper skeleton

Oak and limestone--woodland trail in Searight Park

Across the fence from Searight Park, this soon-to-be built suburban sprawl housing development will complete the transformation of the park into a 344 acre biological island now engulfed by an expanding city. Trying to be a glass half full kind of person, I remind myself to be happy for the 344 acres.

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