Saturday Snapshot October 18: Unknown Subjects

As a birder who has just barely passed the novice level, my code of operation when I go on nature hikes is to shoot first, ask questions later. Especially for birds, I must point and shoot in the nick of time. When I get home, I’ll have lots of time to find out what it is that I’ve captured.

The resulting effect is… I’ve accumulated many unknown subjects.

Ignorance is no bliss when it comes to appreciating nature. Could you help me then in identifying some of them… You who are living in the warmer south among flowers and trees, birds and bees, fruits and fungi.

First off, what happened to this tree trunk and what are these growing out of it?

Tree trunk

And for fruits, I can only identify them by their colours. But I’m sure they all have a name. Here are the red berries:

Red berrieswhite berries:

White berriespurple berries:

Purple berriesand these orange ones like strings of Christmas lights hanging on the branches,

Strings of berriesHere’s a close-up of these succulent orange berries:

Orangey berriesWhat is this creature? A centipede? Name? I can’t make head or tail out of it, which side is which:

A Centipede?Or this unknown bird that I’d stalked but could not get closer before it flew away. It walked most of the time…

Unknown Bird 1

Unknown birdHere’s another unidentified flying subject taking off:

Unknown bird 2Or a name for these fungi:

Yellow FungiFungi 1… knowledge is bliss when it comes to appreciating nature.


Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads. CLICK HERE to see what others have posted.


All Photos Taken by Arti of Ripple Effects

Do Not Copy or Reblog


Published by


If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

40 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot October 18: Unknown Subjects”

  1. You’ve captured a mourning dove and a blue jay in flight. No question about those — right now I have six of the doves outside my window, and the blue jays already have shown up for their morning peanuts.

    I’ve seen the first red berries, and once knew their name, but I’m going to have to look them up again. I think I recognize the white ones, too, but that will require a touch more research.

    Fungi and caterpillars? Not my area of expertise. I know a few common mushrooms, but tree fungi and such? Not a clue. But I’m glad I recognized the birds.


    1. Linda,

      Yes, thanks for naming the birds. You see them so often and in hosts and groups. I only see a single one, too few and far in between. But, maybe that’s what make any bird sighting a precious moment for me.


    2. O yes, I suppose. I see the Canada Geese a lot, but by now they’re all gone. I have lots of Chickadees all the time. They fly right into me hoping for some food. I’m sure you have Chickadees too?


      1. They’re common in the state, though I don’t have them because they prefer woodlands. I often saw and heard them up in the Hill Country. They’re delightful little birds!


  2. Mourning doves are quite common here so, for once, I recognize that one! Appropriately enough, those white berries are from a bush called Snowberry. And the orange berries might be sea-buckthorn. I’ve had the juice and it’s quite good, though a little disconcerting when you’re expecting something citrusy given its orange color.


    1. nikkipolani,

      Yes, I’m sure they are quite common in warmer climate. Also, thanks for the tip on the berries… juices out of these succulent fruits? Impressive. I’ve always thought they are for the birds. 😉


  3. I agree about the mourning doves. The purple berries might be what we call “chokecherries” but I am sure. I will have to check the leaf shape better. Wonder photo none the less. Thanks.


      1. He/She must have been happy to have such a captive audience.

        When my mother saw a chipmunk for the first time, she stopped her car and pointed it out to the people walking by thinking it was a rare animal.


  4. That tree trunk is the coolest thing ever. I’m mesmerized by it, and can only think of what my mother has told me all my life: “Courage grows strong in a wound.” What that tree must have endured…


    1. Bellezza,

      I was captivated by it when I first spotted these bulby growth out of the trunk, and very colourful. Your mother’s words remind me of The Glass Castle when Jeanette’s mother told her about the Joshua Tree. 😉


    1. I didnt know about this. What a great way to search, using image. Thanks for the link. As for the mourning dove, wonderful that you can do bird watching while working at The Grind, and that the birds come to you. How convenient. 🙂


    1. Ginny,

      It’s wonderful that other people know much more than I do… collective wisdom here. So, just reading through the comments is a learning exp. 😉


  5. Well I’m learning a lot from these comments! I had no clue what any of your subjects were, though I did appreciate the beautiful photos. If you have any questions about French literature, I’d be happy to help with those! 🙂


    1. Litlove,

      I’m sure I’ll have lots of questions about French literature for you… after I’ve familiarized myself enough to know what to ask. 😉 O, BTW, I’m doing a slow read-along of Proust’s The Guermantes Way with Stefanie and Bellezza, maybe I’ll indeed have some Q. for you in the coming days.


  6. I knew the birds! The berries, can’t say for sure. the white ones look kind of like the ones my red twig dogwood get in mid-summer but if you took that photo recently it would not be a dogwood. Have no idea what’s up with the tree in the first photo but it’s looks amazing!


  7. I’ve seen those red berries before but never knew what they were. And the orange remind me of mountain ash but I’m not sure that’s right either — been a long time since I saw one.

    I love all the photos, though. There is mystery in not knowing everything! The fungi is especially beautiful!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s