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.
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.