Nature Walk May 29, 2024 (redone)

Today I went on a nature walk that I found very refreshing. I was working earlier that day, drove right to a trail near where I live, and enjoyed the beautiful conservation area. It was nothing short of a beautiful evening. It was around 5:10 when I started and the temperature was about 70 degrees. I saw a variety of vascular plants, angiosperms particularly, and I believe only one gymnosperms in a pine conifer. The first two links I took some pictures of moss to highlight the most common nonvascular plant I encountered. I took these as potential evidence of bacteria and archaea.

The links below contain my favorite angiosperms I saw today. I did not see many flowers, but I did see what looks like a False Solomon's-Seal and dandelion. I now clearly understand that flowers are for sexual reproduction and contain male and female gametes.

The links below contain a pine and a pine cone. I observed this gymnosperm carefully and the fact that it is a vascular plant without flowers. Seeds are not in a fruit, but in a cone.

I observed some more seedless vascular plants in ferns. These are unique as they reproduce using haploid spores.

Posted on June 06, 2024 12:39 PM by colaruaa colaruaa

Observations

Photos / Sounds

Observer

colaruaa

Date

May 29, 2024 05:13 PM EDT

Description

Here is some moss with a little lichen present. Possibly some evidence of archaea and bacteria in there - moss can host archaea, or single celled microorganisms that are similar to bacteria (but are evolutionarily distinct from it).

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What

Hay-scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)

Observer

colaruaa

Date

May 29, 2024 05:20 PM EDT

Description

Love to see ferns. I am not sure what kind exactly, but a great example of a non flowering, seedless vascular plant.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

colaruaa

Date

May 29, 2024 05:25 PM EDT

Description

I always overlooked pine cones, but now I am more aware that they are the seed-bearing fruit of a gymnosperm conifer. It helps with protecting the embryo and with reproduction obviously.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

colaruaa

Date

May 29, 2024 05:31 PM EDT

Description

Dandelions are an example of an angiosperm I see on my walk. A vascular plants, an angiosperm means it flowers. I now see these fuzzy tops of dandelions as their means to reproduce from their flowers.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

colaruaa

Date

May 29, 2024 05:36 PM EDT

Description

Here’s some more moss, but of different colors. Is this an example of brown or golden moss from Codon? One of the most common nonvascular plants that I now recognize.

Photos / Sounds

What

Solomon's Plume (Maianthemum racemosum)

Observer

colaruaa

Date

May 29, 2024 05:41 PM EDT

Description

A False Solomon’s-Seal for another angiosperm. I wanted to put in another example of some flowers in addition to the dandelion.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

colaruaa

Date

May 29, 2024 05:45 PM EDT

Description

Here is a pine for a gymnosperm! As opposed to angiosperms with flowers for sexual reproduction with the formation of male and female gametes, this gymnosperm grows pine cones to reproduce and disperse the embryo in it.

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