Last Friday we went to the Monclova Sandpits and the Hockey Pond to monitor Puccoon and Porcupine Grass.
The fields were overgrown with Oak saplings and hardly recognizable from our previous trip this spring. We tried to find Missouri Rock Cress, but were unable. It may have been there hiding under the saplings - or was shaded out.
It is almost impossible to photograph Porcupine Grass, so I aimed my lens at the many dragonflies.
Eastern Pondhawk (?)
The last two dragonflies were at the edge of the Hockey Pond. We went there looking for this little fellow - Northern Appressed Clubmoss. There is an Oak leaf to the left of the photo for size comparison.
The only other location in the state for this rare plant is at The Nature Conservancy's Kitty Todd Preserve.
It was having quite a fine year. From a 3 or 4 inch straight line a few years ago, it has spread to about 0.4 square meters.