I dream of slippers

Pair of pink pantofles

Pair of pink pantofles

These Rosy cloud cherry blooms bring to mind soft silky slippers, complete with zigzag-cut leggings — something that Jeannie may have worn while lounging inside her bottle.

(Previous post about this cherry tree.)

Posted in Flora, Joe Palaia Park | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afternoon with a mourning

Cloak room

Cloak room

I think this is a Mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa), and it’s the first kind of butterfly we saw this year.

The bright lilac edge spots add a bit of cheer to its overall sombre brown coloring, although sadly this one’s wings have seen better days.

Posted in Fauna, Joe Palaia Park | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Icy spring bling

A pocket full of snow

A pocket full of snow

An unusual sight for this area, a spring-green skunk cabbage was sprouting near a thin crust of sparkling snow.

Sheltered within the shaded base of a tree, this may have been the only frosty patch remaining from last night’s dusting.

Posted in Flora, Joe Palaia Park, Mineral | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Construction sight

A Stick to Build a Dream On

A Stick to Build a Dream On

With twig in mouth, this Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) was on his (or her) way back to a hidden nest-in-progress somewhere within the Little Silver Nature Trail area.

Posted in Fauna, Little Silver Nature Trail | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clutching at stars

Keeping

Keeping a finger on
the pulse of the sky.

The thin, red tendril-like shoots of this Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonica) are grouped along each branch like pairs of tiny hands reaching up to grasp every sun ray they can.

Posted in Flora, Joe Palaia Park | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ear buds

Popping corn

Popping corn

At this stage of emergence, the pale yellow buds on this Verbanica magnolia tree resemble shaggy little ears of corn.

(Previous post about this magnolia.)

Posted in Flora, Joe Palaia Park | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Paddling processional

The Triplets of Holmdel

The Triplets of Holmdel

With their orange-tinged heads held high, these three cormorants were moving in elegant harmony around the lower pond at Holmdel Park.

If they’re Double-crested cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus), they may be resting over on their way back north for the summer.

Posted in Fauna, Holmdel Park | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment