Monthly Archives: November 2013

Fat moon falling

Late in the afternoon, a fat white moon was low over some Common reeds (Phragmites australis) and the sparse woods behind them.

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Forest brain trust

Along a newer path loop that sits off by itself on the outskirts of the library field, eerily brain-like Osage oranges (Maclura pomifera) were scattered about like a small party of alien invaders. Although they looked as though they might … Continue reading

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Maple leaf sag

I think this drooping pair is part of a Sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum). While still fairly bright a week ago, the leaves were beginning to pale. By now they’re probably crispy brown ground cover.

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Dandy striper

Several of this White-throated (and white-striped) sparrow’s (Zonotrichia albicollis) friends were foraging around in the leaf-strewn floor of a nearby patch of woods. This one, though, was taking a broader view of things from the edge of a brambly thicket … Continue reading

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A-tisket, a-tasket

A brown and — well, blue & green — basket, with some sort of metal tape thrown in for good measure. Whoever built this small nest did a fairly tidy job. It was neatly tied to a small branch over … Continue reading

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Crescent moonstone

Found this small butterfly resting on a twisty vine near the lake in Thompson Park one chilly morning. I think it may be a Pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos), perhaps a female. On the other hand, it could be a Tawny … Continue reading

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Maple blaze

I think this is another Red maple (Acer rubrum). At or very near its autumnal peak, it warms the sky with soft flames of rich fall color.

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