Winter reveals their presence!
Here are the spiny pods of Wild Cucumber (Echinocystis lobata), a native annual:
And here are at least three kinds of Lichen:
The lichen are lively, despite the cold. While plants are dormant, the fungi are creating reproductive structures (those hollow "tubes").
Finally, here are Shelf Fungi, attached to a plum:
Like vines and lichen, fungi attach themselves to plums, becoming bosom buddies.
Indeed, otherwise lowly creatures are able to rise up in the world, thanks to plums.
(All photos are by Margy Stewart and were taken in the Creek Field at Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge., late December 2019.)