Common ground cover

Blue & white earthenware

Easy to miss because of their size, tiny white and blue flowers growing low to the ground were still worth a look as some of the first signs of the spring blooms to come. The blue ones might be Corn speedwell (Veronica arvensis) and the white ones Spring draba (Draba verna); really not sure, though.

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Blue with cold

Coldbalt blue

Coldbalt blue

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.

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Frosted phragmites — they’re Grrrreat!

Sugar-coated shafts

Sugar-coated shafts

Bowing a bit under their icy coverings, these marsh reeds (probably Phragmites australis) withstood their first real winter storm.

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Ashen abstract landscape

Snowy soccer color field

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.

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The Enchanted Gummy-bear Broccoli Forest

Salted sand stalks

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).

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The Upright Stuff

Red October

Red October

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.

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Buckeye witness

Sitting pretty

Sitting pretty

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.

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