A type of Umbilicaria I believe Umbilicaria-mammulata but am not sure. Common name Tripe. Notice that after 24 hours of fog and natural mist it is green color. On a hot dry summer day it is grayish black.
- On Saturday night I came upon a rabbit on the trail just below Byrds Nest Shelter. On Sunday night I came across the same rabbit sitting in the exact same spot in the trail but this time he had a little field mouse as a companion. They both sat and stared at me for about 20 seconds before deciding to scurry off into the underbrush.
- On Sunday night I made a stop and sat on a boulder along the trail at the stairs just below Byrds Nest Shelter. The wind was quiet and I could make out the outlines of the bottom of Weakley Hollow. Continuing my hike I stopped and sat on a boulder near the trail by Byrds Nest Shelter and the wind was blowing at around 15-20 miles per hour and I was in a thick blowing mist. The wind was loud enough that I had to shelter my phone and almost yell to be understood. Upon return to the stairs just 100 feet lower and maybe 800 feet away I was back below the cloud-deck in windless perfectly still conditions. The conditions were so radically different in such a short distance that it was as though I had walked through a portal between two worlds.