October 20, 2022

Nature Walk 3: Plants

For this nature walk, a friend and I went further into the woods than we had been before to get some photos of different plants. It was a very nice fall weather type day. It was sunny and just cool enough for long sleeves but not quite cold enough for a jacket. During our walk we noticed how the woods at Edmands park have changed so much since our first nature walk which didn't seem so long ago. It looks like fall outside again! I was able to capture a picture of moss, which would fall under the bryophyta category of nonvasular plants we learned about in class. I also took pictures of what iNaturalist is pretty sure is a flowering aster and pokeweed berries which I now know are angiosperms. There either wasn't very many in this particular area, or I'm still getting used to identifying the differences between the categories of plants, because I found it difficult to find what I knew immediately to be a gymnosperm or polypodiosida. On a side note I also found this odd jelly like organism on a branch that I thought was interesting.

Posted on October 20, 2022 01:47 AM by briannaskeen briannaskeen | 6 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 06, 2022

Fungi Nature Walk (Edmands Park)

This morning I woke up at about 6:30 to go for a walk in Edmands Park and take pictures of these fungi. It was a beautiful morning and about 60 degrees with a slight breeze and a clear sky. I was worried I wouldn't be able to find five observations of fungi because I've never noticed very many fungi when I walk. However, I was surprised to find a wide array of different fungi from lichen and moss on tree branches to cute little mushrooms. This relates to what we've been learning in class about how biodiverse eukaryotic organisms are.

Posted on October 06, 2022 12:59 PM by briannaskeen briannaskeen | 7 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 29, 2022

Edmands Park Nature Walk {9/29/22}

I got together with a friend from class today for our nature walk assignment. We walked along the foot trails of Edmands Park and listened to SZA. The weather was really beautiful today. It was warm and sunny with a little fall breeze to keep us cool. Immediately when entering the park we could see so many different organisms to take pictures of. We walked along the trails and took pictures of the ones that caught our attention most. While out, I kept thinking about how nice it was to breathe really fresh air that isn't "college air" if that makes any sense. I also thought about how easy it was to find different types of organisms. More than ever before, I noticed how very diverse a regular local walking trail is. I included some plants, fungi, and arachnids that I was able to take good pictures of, but there were so many other options of animals, insects, plants, and fungi that we observed. I also noted that the two spiders I took pictures of about 20 minutes apart and a good distance away from each other that I originally thought were different species, may actually be the same one and they just look a little different. I'll be interested to see what experts think about the classification of these arachnids.

Posted on September 29, 2022 06:11 PM by briannaskeen briannaskeen | 7 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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