Monthly Archives: November 2013

Primeval piƱata

Suspended at the end of a branch like a party-game candy container ready for whacking, this hornet’s nest is probably vacant by now. Its construction is nothing short of astonishing, especially considering the relative size of its builders (perhaps Bald-faced … Continue reading

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Get downy, get funky

This male Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) had been pecking around on some other branches for bugs before settling down to a berry snack.

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Mixed media with gold leaf

The canopy of this ornamental tree gilded the afternoon sky with papery alloys of two precious metals: copper and gold. Not sure, but it may be a Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata).

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You lookin’ at me?

While the park seems to provide ideal living quarters for an Eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), it isn’t teeming with them. This one was feeding in the woods close to a path and was spooked by a passing dog.

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Impressionist shimmer

The leaves reflected here turn a humdrum parking lot puddle into a natural work of plein air art, shimmering with squiggly brush strokes of autumn colors.

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