The Magically Chip

On balance

On balance

I'm ready for my close up

I’m ready for my close up

Definitely in the running for most adorable mammal, not to mention sprightliest, these Eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus) were full of peppy zip as they roamed around the path by the lake in Divine Park.

Like most of the other animals in that small area, they seemed to be well used to people walking nearby and occasionally interrupted their food-gathering errands for a short breather.

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Chicortreat

Chic Habit

Chic Habit

Like cupped rays of pale blue moonlight, these Chicory flowers (Cichorium intybus) were practically glowing along the edges of the park trail.

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Paper trail

Going 'round the mulberry bush

Going ’round the mulberry bush

This European paper wasp (Polistes dominula) was crawling all over, thoroughly inspecting a landscape of mulberry leaves, perhaps looking for the fruit hidden underneath.

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Young plant with a horn

Creepy, but in a good way.

Creepy, but in a good way.

Blaring orange, the flowers of this Trumpet creeper vine (Campsis radicans) put on quite a show to be seen, if not heard. These were near one entrance to the Union Transportation Trail in Upper Freehold.

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Breathe right tip

By a nose

By a nose

Looking like not much more than another stick in the swamp, the tip of this turtle’s head was well camouflaged when he popped up for air.

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Tiptoe through the milkweed

Antsy

Antsy

At the edge of the library field, draped under a shadier overhang, this cluster of rocket-booster-shaped flowers was being examined by a tiny explorer.

Might be Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca); the ant species is anybody’s guess.

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Go ask Alice

The Rabbit Is Me

The Rabbit Is Me

Through the hydrangea-branch looking glass was a vision of the brown rabbit. Didn’t seem to be running late, though.

(Earlier post about an Eastern cottontail.)

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