Monthly Archives: August 2013

Park Ness Monster

This small tree limb was in one of the grassy areas in the middle of the park, looking for all the world like a dragon-headed serpent — something like Manda — sliding through a grassgreen sea.

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Polychromatic planetoids

This Porcelain berry vine (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata) creates a multicolored microgalaxy all its own, with shiny tinted orbs suspended in space. These were growing along the marshy area of the park.

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Imitation of Life

Perhaps not quite up to the ‘grand impersonator’ level of the Lyrebird (see video link below), the Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is still a very talented imitator of life. This one had nice stage presence near the top of a … Continue reading

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The Jewel in the Ground

If it’s possible for a plant to be both a weed and a jewel, then this striking flame of a flower is aptly named: Orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis). While it’s also known as Spotted Touch-Me-Not, I think ‘jewelweed’ better captures … Continue reading

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Hokey Pokey Turtle

This jaunty little hoofer may be a Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) because of the red mark behind his eye. He was center stage on a flat rock in Spring Lake doing some midday stretching, with very nice form. (That’s … Continue reading

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Photon-filled demitasse

A single sunlit trumpet of Hedge bindweed (Convolvulus sepium) was sitting low in front a group of marsh grass like a dainty porcelain cup of liquified light waiting to be drunk.

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Winged Victory

This may be an Eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) claiming his prize by drinking from the miniature loving cup of an Abelia bush (perhaps Abelia x grandiflora), which must taste pretty good as it’s in the honeysuckle family.

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