On a chilly but clear afternoon, a small flock of Eastern bluebirds was flitting around at the edge of the woods, looking for berries & whatever else they could find.
Bowing a bit under their icy coverings, these marsh reeds (probably Phragmites australis
) withstood their first real winter storm.
Snowy soccer color field
The heavy snow today turned the view across one of the park playing fields into a muted monochromatic Mark Rothko painting.
Salted sand stalks
Looking as if someone had emptied boxes of frozen florets, gel-like green mushrooms sprouted here and there in one of the sandier sections of Weltz Park. The fungi might be some type of Waxcap (genus Hygrocybe
Last month, several red dragonflies were flying around the Little Silver Nature Trail, sometimes resting on the boardwalk that cuts along and across a creek. This one — perhaps an Autumn meadowhawk (Sympetrum vicinum
) — preferred to perch vertically on a tree trunk.
A flashy little flier, this Common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia
) took a few minutes to rest atop a meadow leaf and bask in the early afternoon light.
Little bits of mold-like moss or lichen grew in just the right way around a fallen log’s knot to suggest a split avocado.
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