Rocky Picture Show

Ice flow

Ice flow

On a narrow strip of land between Henry Hudson Trail and Sandy Hook Bay, boulders and rocks were alternately covered with moss or ice, creating a mixed spring-like and wintry vista.

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Fruitake

Inspected by No. M

Inspected by No. M

Unconcerned by nearby strollers, this Northern mockingbird flew into a bush right along a paved path that circles Franklin Lake. After conducting a cursory survey of the available berries, he approved and sampled same.

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Outside, er, art

Modeling clay

Modeling clay

Suggesting a shimmering cave painting or an abstract expressionist work, the dark sand and swaths of orange ooze (presumably from iron bacteria of the Sphaerotilus-Leptothrix group) transform a park stream into a museum of natural art.

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Limb by limn

 Fiber art

Fiber art

The afternoon sun lit up the fuzzy fibers along the stem and branches of this scraggly little tree or shrub, bringing it and its scattered red berries to life.

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Entropy trophy

Hanging basket

Hanging basket

Sagging a bit since it was built late last spring, this oriole’s nest is still hanging in there, helped along by some sturdy cellophane threads.

(The same nest when it was occupied.)

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Gall stars

Bad apple

Bad apple

Packed with tiny powder blue worlds of juniper berries, the cosmic environs of this Eastern red cedar tree were suffering the invasion of some large aliens in the form of dimpled, brown cedar-apple rust galls.

(Previous post featuring a red cedar.)

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Cloud forest

Sinking sunlit sky

Sinking sunlit sky

Some floating above the tree line, others partially obscured by the bare-branch picket fence of the winter woods, these afternoon clouds transformed the sky into a Maxfield Parrish painting.

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