Dressed to thrill

A flash in the pond

Sporting some of the finest finery around, this male wood duck couldn’t have been more dapper as he paddled around Lake Takanassee.

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It’s the Great Orb Weaver, Charlie Brown

“Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”

Just in time for Halloween, a bright orange, pumpkin-like spider was forthrightly making its way across a paved path. I think it’s a female Marbled orb weaver (Araneus marmoreus).

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Random Harvestbells

Bouquet of sorbet

Scattered here and there along the quarry lake of Plainsboro Preserve, Harvestbells or Soapwort gentian (Gentiana saponaria) added even more oomph to an already beautiful Fall day. Some groupings varied in color, presenting a soft serving of frosted blueberry & raspberry eye-treats.

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The Tiny Humpback of Noted Game

Cabbage plant(hopper)

Playing the camouflage card by looking much like a leaf itself — savoy cabbage comes to mind — this tiny Planthopper (possibly Acanalonia conica) found ample room for roaming on the comparatively larger platform provided by a Japanese knotwood bush.

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The Fanned Illusion

Cut from a moth cloth

At a passing glance, this formation looked like a rather large moth resting on the side of a tree. Not sure, but I think it’s some kind of shelf fungus.

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Fantail primp

Clean sweeper

Still damp from its bath, a Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) perched & preened on a stick.

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This is Spiny Cap

Kingpincushion

A prickly plethora of large Yellow thistle (Cirsium horridium) lined some of the boardwalk paths over the marshy sections at Cape May Point State Park.

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