Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pucker up

About the size of a cherry tomato, this Common persimmon (Diospyrus virginiana) was nestled among the leaf litter along the path between the park and the library. Falling from what seems like an inordinately high canopy (guessing 50-60 feet up), … Continue reading

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Two Ways of Looking at a Heron

This magnificent Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) was assessing the fishing possibilities to be had in the small swamp pond this afternoon. Graceful and patient, this bird has an amazing size differential supplied entirely by its supple, snake-like neck. It … Continue reading

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Halloween fireballs

Sheathed in yellow casings, the bright orange berries of this Oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) emerge to form mini pumpkin patches to decorate the autumn woods. This vine was growing along the edge of Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown, NJ.

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Bald-faced flyers

From this angle at least, these two Turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) look like they’re chummily nuzzling up to each other. From a more surreal standpoint, they combine to form a giant handlebar mustache floating just above the field in a … Continue reading

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Botanical speed limit: 60 MPH

Some of the berries of this Mile-a-minute vine (Persicaria perfoliata) were more like drupelets of different colors — blue, violet, green — like a cross between a porcelain berry and a blackberry. Others, like this one, were singles or pairs … Continue reading

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Synchronized striding

This tandem pair of water striders – perhaps Broad-shouldered water striders (Rhagovelia obesa) – were just two among many skating around the surface of one of the park creeks last month.

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Fruit askew

Although these small crabapples look like they’re being blown by a light breeze, they’re actually just growing out at a bit of a slant. These fruits of a Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii) aren’t much bigger than the plastic pieces from … Continue reading

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