Butterflies in your stomach? Swept off your 🦶? Hit by Cupid’s 💘 ? Yup, that’s 💗. February’s giveaway is focused on what made you fall in love with Retreat at Barton Creek.
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I’ve spent so many years hiking and running the greenbelt. I know most of the trails very well and it was so great seeing it differently today. It’s amazing how we can get a fresh perspective, and love something familiar in a whole new way.
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Keeping up with posting can sometimes feel like another task on my endless “to-do-list” - anyone else feel this way?😅 However, I love being able to share with you all and having the pictures posted acts as a digital scrapbook for us. So although it’s work, it’s worth it🤷♀️ I’m getting caught up with our wander posts...this is #wander5 at #bartoncreekgreenbelt from 1/18/20. We explored with friends the dry creek bed and did some fun rock + tree climbing. We also went to see “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”🐛 @zachtheatre that day. It was so great! And I’m obsessed this the rock and fossil art display just outside the theater...in the last pic💖
The water really puts the "green" in "greenbelt" am I right
2 2830 January, 2020
We hope Harley's smile and thoughts of the greenbelt bring you joy this afternoon! 🐾 SPEAKING of greenbelts, consider supporting Greenbelt Guardians on #AmplifyATX day March 5-6! They work hard to keep our beloved trails intact, and you can give through our Amplify Austin page. Thank you! 💚
3 17529 January, 2020
I was happy to get out for a few hours on the rainy Wednesday we had last week. If you ever need an excuse to go out on a wet drizzly day, running across hydrated Nostoc commune is a pretty good one, especially if you’ve never seen it before. Witch’s butter or star jelly, as it’s sometimes called, is a communal cyanobacteria that is found worldwide and that I’ve encountered on a number different occasions on my hikes around Central Texas.
On dry days Nostoc looks like black crunchy leaf matter (see images 5-8) but with a good rain, it transforms into dark green gelatinous blobs (see images 1-4). Even though I’ve seen it a bunch, I still find it hard to resist touching it when it’s hydrated.
The first time I saw Nostoc in “wet mode” I immediately wondered, as I’m sure many people do, if it was edible. Something about its texture when it’s wet just screams “eat me!” Based on the information I found, it sounds like it's edible, but I only found it referenced on one foraging site so I’m probably not going to be trying it any time soon. If you've ever tried it, I'd be curious to know!
In researching Nostoc, I learned that it’s a nitrogen fixing organism (meaning it's able to pull nitrogen from the air and “fix” it making it accessible to other organisms through soil) and that it’s protected from UV radiation by specialized pigments in its cells that absorb UV light. I also went down a pretty interesting rabbit hole about the Great Oxygenation Event that occurred on Earth ~2.45 billion years ago which was made possible by a number of factors, one of which being the initial release of oxygen by cyanobacteria.
There’s this feeling when you finish a really good book, or when you watch the season finale of a really good show. You let out a deep breath and know that it’s over. And for a little while you’re lost, and unsure of what to do next. Is it weird that I like that feeling? That half sadness, half nostalgia feeling that lives somewhere between my heart and my brain.
Happy Friday!!!❤️I’m kinda missing TX today, but I’m so thankful that’s it’s the weekend and the suns out in LA!☀️I LOVE how you can be in the middle of the city in Austin and have insanely beautiful swimming holes like this all around! We had the best time hoping around the Greenbelt finding the coolest places to swim, cliff jump and rope swing! I don’t go back to TX very often in the summer, but when I do, it reminds me how amazing it is!😍