Tree Hugging Experiment
(candid shot of Dr. Rood!)
Pretty little things in nature
(Wild ginger plant)
Wild ginger was one of the many plants that we were able to see in our hiking lab. The wild ginger was not what I was expecting, but it was more abundant than I thought it would be. It ranged in color from light to dark green, and is described by wikipedia as the following: "may refer to any of a variety of plants, often with a similar appearance, odour or taste to cultivated ginger"
(Southern pine beetle)
(Effects of the Southern pine beetle)
(Images courtesy of Google Images)
The Southern pine beetle is a small beetle that is gradually wiping out the pine population. These beetles are responsible for the brown-like trees pictured above.
(Leaf litter decomposition)