Monday, December 15, 2008

Road tripin to Pee Dee wildlife refugee

Howdee all,
Today we went for a Sunday road trip...destination, Pee Dee national wildlife refugee.
I think we took the long way from Carthage...went thru lots of very rural areas...had a nice view from the power lines.
When we did get to Pee Dee...it was still overcast and chilly...thank goodness the back of our Explorer is also a storage area for warm clothing...I put on my down coat, scarf, hiking boots and gloves and pulled out a down vest, scarf and one of Jeff's hats for Adele. Now bundled up we went for a nice walk around Pee Dee and some of waterways...We did a little birding...huge flocks of red winged blackbirds came in as we were leaving.


viney trees


very cool fungus...dont know what kind..similar to turkey tail


where are all the ducks??????????? we only saw a few mallards.


what is this red weed???

I guess I have some research to do....
Check out Adele's blog for her version of road trippin

Blogger Pam Croom said...The red weed might be Azolla caroliniana. It is an aquatic fern. It was ubiquitous in east FL, were I use to live, and it turns red in bright sunlight and winter. Your photo reminds me of the Floridian azolla. My favorite common name for it is fairy moss. The individual plants spread out kind of remind me of an elaborate lace collar.

See:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AZCA

If the individual plants are more triangular in nature then it is the Azolla pinnata... a nasty invasive.

see: http://www.weedscience.ncsu.edu/aquaticweeds/facts/apfs009-00.pdf

Thanks Pam..for the information

7 comments:

Natural Moments said...

Hi, your blog is fun to browse. I can relate to your lifestyle since I've doing seasonal biology work for most of my life and have been hiking long distance trails with Stacey. So we don't call any one place home for the moment. I was just thinking today, oddly, that it would be nice to have a home on wheels to do some traveling to where I could do some more photo taking over the winter months in an area with sunshine. Western WA State has been a bit cloudy these days. Anyway, your site is well done and has a lot of resources and cool blogs listed to explore. We'll be seeing ya in the blog circles then. Happy holidays to you all.

Bernie and Stacey

Craig Glenn said...

Sounds like a nice day trip and hike. I like the capture's you made.

Craig

Tink said...

Looks like you had a great time. So pretty. Wish I was there hiking with you guys.. :( I'll have to check out Del's blog too.

Pam Croom said...

The red weed might be Azolla caroliniana. It is an aquatic fern. It was ubiquitous in east FL, were I use to live, and it turns red in bright sunlight and winter. Your photo reminds me of the Floridian azolla. My favorite common name for it is fairy moss. The individual plants spread out kind of remind me of an elaborate lace collar.

See:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AZCA

If the individual plants are more triangular in nature then it is the Azolla pinnata... a nasty invasive.

see: http://www.weedscience.ncsu.edu/aquaticweeds/facts/apfs009-00.pdf

Lovely photos! Nice blog

Pam Croom said...

The red weed might be Azolla caroliniana. It is an aquatic fern. It was ubiquitous in east FL, were I use to live, and it turns red in bright sunlight and winter. Your photo reminds me of the Floridian azolla. My favorite common name for it is fairy moss. The individual plants spread out kind of remind me of an elaborate lace collar.

See:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AZCA

If the individual plants are more triangular in nature then it is the Azolla pinnata... a nasty invasive.

see: http://www.weedscience.ncsu.edu/aquaticweeds/facts/apfs009-00.pdf

Lovely photos! Nice blog

dAwN said...

Natural moments...get that rv...the prices will be pretty good with this economy...maybe we will meet on the road...

Pam..thanks so much for all your great information...wow...thanks

Butterfly Garden Freak said...

oooh... very nice pics you took on this trip... lovely!

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