Olive branch beholder

See (red) spots

Seeing (red) spots

This sunlit Red-spotted purple butterfly (Limenitis arthemis) seemed to be checking out the soft ruby fruit of an Autumn olive tree (Elaeagnus umbellate).

From this vantage point, the underside of the wings look light brown, while on the flip side they were darker and edged in bright blue.

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Leaning power of risa

Inclined to leave

Inclined to leave

This gull — perhaps a non-breeding Laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) — was in the process of abandoning its post on the Manasquan Reservoir. The tip of its dark beak was daubed with a dull hint of red.

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Pink pumpkin panoply

Drupey danglers

Drupey danglers

Growing at various spots along the way, rose-colored Spindletree berries (genus Euonymus) brightened the bike path on Sandy Hook. Oddly shaped, they looked a bit like little pumpkins.

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Coarse & buggy

Generations gapless

Generations gapless

Huddled closely together on a bumpy seed pod, these Large milkweed bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus) in various stages of development — from young nymphs & teenagers to adults — didn’t seem to need much personal space.

(Earlier post about a different kind of milkweed patron.)

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Peek-a-boo puffball

Lemon meringue mushroom

Lemon meringue mushroom

Covered neatly with stiff white peaks of meringue — or so it seemed — this Puffball mushroom (something in the Lycoperdon or Calvatia genus perhaps) looked like an airy, if fungal, confection peaking out from behind a few weedy leaves.

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Lord of the red spot sea

Bark parker

Bark parker

Perched among some woody squiggle vines, this Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) blended in very well with the branch bark, other than adding one small spot of color.

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Blue dune, without a cove of my own

Pruny dunes

Pruny dunes

Beach plum plants (Prunus maritime) laden with soft purple-blue moons lined the trail around one of the observation decks on Sandy Hook.

The powdery skins of some seemed etched with fruity hieroglyphics.

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