“What a maroon.”
Lush and deep like many of the other leaves these days, this maple leaf — probably of a Norway maple (Acer platanoides
) — has drunk its fill of claret and will soon find itself tumbling down.
Posted in Flora, Joe Palaia Park, Trees & Shrubs
Tagged Acer platanoides, Bugs Bunny, Colors, Ken Nordine, maple, nature, nature photography, norway maple, park, red maple, tree
Eyes in the back of its head
From the side this tiny, globular creature initially could’ve passed for animal or vegetable — until it started crawling upwards, ending the debate. It may be something within the family of Jumping spiders (perhaps Thiodina sylvana
Looking a bit like a mutant bell pepper, this Matango-esque seed head is just the topper for the exuberant woodland stick figure formed by a Jack-in-the-pulpit.
(Earlier post about the leafier stage of this kind of plant.)
Posted in Berries, Nuts, Seeds, Pods, & Other Fruits, Flora, Flowers, Turkey Swamp Park
Tagged Arisaema triphyllum, Jack-in-the-pulpit, nature, nature photography, park, plant, woodland
Elegantly cloaked in colorful kimono wings, slender Ailanthus webworm moths (Atteva aurea
) were sipping nectar from clusters of White snakeroot flowers (Ageratina altissima
Despite their bright coloring, the white-flower wing patterns blended well with their host plants making them easy to miss if passed by too quickly.
Posted in Fauna, Flora, Flowers, Insects & Spiders & Stuff, Weltz Park
Tagged Ageratina altissima, Ailanthus webworm moth, Atteva aurea, insect, moth, nature, nature photography, orange and white moth, park, White snakeroot, white wildflower
Catching the red eye
With a few chinks in his shelly armor, this Eastern box turtle looked as though he’d been around the block a few times.
(May be the same turtle seen in that park last year.)
Performing their end of summer magic, Goldenrod flowers (perhaps Gray goldenrod, Solidago nemoralis
) are transforming bright yellow petals into fluffy white flyaways.
Brotherly (or sisterly) love
Lots of fawns in the park this year, with 13 being the highest number spotted during one walk. These two were probably siblings, or possibly cousins. Either way, they seemed to be fond of each other.