Hank and I went to the Dallas-Barnhartvale Nature Park today.
In the restored wetland, this elderberry is unfurling. The delicate green ball, cradled by purple leaves, will later differentiate into hundreds of creamy-white flowers. And these flowers will eventually develop into berries for black bears to eat. (And! those purple leaves will turn green soon.)
Yellowbell lilies growing together.
Wish I knew what these lichens are called! They are part of the soil crust that covers and protects the grasslands from erosion, dessication, and invasive species.
I took this photo because of the multiple pink fuzzy leaf galls. But looking more closely it is apparent that there is another type of gall growing here. Try to spot it.
The galls closest to the main trunk of this sagebrush bush are developing faster than those farthest from the trunk.
The many glandular hairs on the stems of meadow saxifrage give these plants a bit of an aura.
Happy citizen science day, everyone. Keep on connecting with nature!