Because I can’t stop.
1. I like these little fruits; they remind me of metallic dragées. Edit: natureintoaction below tells me that this is a wild leek. Thanks!
(2) Briar and (3) I found the light pink color of this stem very appealing.
4. Hey, a little mosslet! (Mosslet: not really a legit word.)
(5) Moss on ledge of stump and (6) Cottonwood leaves, petioles, and buds
(7) Lichen on side of hackberry ridge and (8) Inside a bark splitting in hackberry. There were four or five hackberries in this little clearing, and they were all bent backwards and split almost in half from a point up high on their trunks, and all of their trunks were split in this fashion.
9. Moss sporophytes!
(10) I think this is wood nettle, and my guess is this flared-out end is part of its rhizomes and maybe some little roots hidden in there, too, but it looks mostly stemmy, and (11) more lichen (naturally)
12. A herd of ice chunks in the stretch of river just in front of our campsite.
13. A newly-refrozen section of stream.
14. One of the many frozen clumps of leaves partially embedded in the stream.
(15) and (16) I'm pretty sure these little twigs used to bear samaras (a type of dry fruit as in maples and ashes -- also popularly called helicopters)
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