Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Wild Bunch

Had no idea until yesterday that the park is absolutely full of wild grape vines (some kind of Vitis). You don’t really see the fruit unless you go around to the other side of the hanging curtain of leaves and … Continue reading

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Crispy caramel wafer wings

The coloring of this male Eastern amberwing dragonfly (Perithemis tenera) really does resemble primeval pine resin spread paper-thin. Late morning sunlight made a quick copy of his glassine span, printing part of it the on the dull wood under his … Continue reading

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Gleaning ultramarine

The bright blue berries of this arrowwood tree/shrub (maybe a Viburnum dentatum) really stand out against the green woods at the eastern edge of the park along Whalepond Rd. Some critter or bird seems to have noticed them as well, … Continue reading

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Big Brother is watching you

Or maybe it’s daddy or an uncle. Whatever their relationship, the antlered elder was keeping a close eye on his two spotted youngsters. When he looked our way & stamped his front hoof, we figured it was time to move … Continue reading

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Psychedelic nocturne

The flowers on this nightshade (perhaps Solanum dulcamara) are an exercise in contrasting colors, with their bright yellow stamens jutting out from deep blue-purple petals. They look like toxic little bananas with the peel pulled back. The clashy attire may … Continue reading

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Three-wing flying circus

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, be dazzled by the spectacular sight of a Spicebush swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus) sipping on incredible amounts of milkweed. Meanwhile, cringe in trepidation as a sly wasp in sinister brown … Continue reading

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Indian summer

The delicate ivory cups clustered at the end of this Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum) were the odd flowers out among the various grasses and reeds by the swampy pond area.

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