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AN EVOLVING COMPENDIUM OF 287 (and counting!) flora, fauna, and some strange stories. Be sure to check out the top left menu where you can access tags such as "weird and cool", "stinky", and "prehistoric". Enjoy!

American Woodcock

How much walk can a Woodcock walk if a Woodcock could spot worms? WELL, Let me show you the cutest and weirdest bird walk that I've found so far...

Wild Geranium

This plant has developed a way to shoot the seeds into the air, and once they land, they "WALK" across the ground to find a good spot to germinate. Really.

Tulip Morel

YAAAASSSSSSSSS. Nom nom nom nom nom nom. Pan. Butter. Nom nom nom.
snakeskin liverwort detail

Snakeskin Liverwort

In medieval times those that ascribed to the Doctrine of Signatures thought the liver-shape of this plant meant it was useful in treating liver ailments. It's not. But it's still cool.
Bobcat

Bobcat

It's not quite a Mountain Lion, which I'm glad about, especially when I'm hiking around in the woods.

American Sycamore

If you see a lot of white-barked large trees off in the distance, you can bet that there is a river or creek (or body of water) nearby!
Light green, pink and orange fuzzy ball on branch

Wool Sower Wasp Gall

My first reaction: "What on earth is this crazy Willy Wonka fuzzy ball growing from a thin branch on an oak tree I don't understand how this can be real and also WHAT IS IT"
Small black bees on dry dirt with hole

Miner Bee (Andrenid bee)

These bees all seem to emerge on a warm day, right next to my driveway, buzzing about like crazy. Thankfully they are not aggressive!

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