Lichen on sandstone…

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Lichen is a symbiotic organism consisting of a fungus and a green alga. The alga provides nutrients by way of photosynthesis while the fungus provides protection to the alga by retaining water as well as other benefits. This one sort of has a flower appearance.

A spot of red in the brown of winter…

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I’ve no idea what plant this is, maybe Honeysuckle. These must not taste good to birds or they wouldn’t have lasted this long.

 

Tiiimber…

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OK,I admit it. I’m fascinated by the work of beavers.

Aloe vera…

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This succulent plant is thought to have originated in the African Sudan. It is known to have been used for its medicinal properties since nearly 4,000 years ago. Today, many wild and fantastic claims are being made for its usage…everything from diabetes to herpes. While these claims are mostly dubious, its effectiveness in treating minor burns and skin conditions is pretty well proven.

Tree fungus…

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I have not been able to identify this particular fungus. It looks like terry cloth.

Seen better days…

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Yaupon Holly…

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I’m thinking I may clip a few boughs of this for decking the halls this Christmas season. These nice looking berries are an important food source for some types of birds in the winter. The leaves have a lot of caffeine  and Native Americans used the leaves and stems to brew a tea, commonly thought to be called asi or black drink for male-only purification and unity rituals (the ceremony included vomiting). I probably won’t be brewing any tea from it, but it is pleasant to look at through the winter months.

Lichen…

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Lichen is a composite organism that is a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and a green algae. Some cultures have used lichens as a food source, but I think you’d have to be pretty hard up to resort to this. Some lichens have medicinal uses as well as the making of perfumes and dyes.

Morning Leaf…

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The dew was in a solid form this morning.

Bald Cypress…

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Leaves are finally turning a ruddy orange, and the seeds are about ready to drop.

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