Monthly Archives: June 2014

Smiles of a summer sight

Resting casually at the end of an convenient post, this cross-legged lounger may be a Great blue skimmer (Libellula vibrans). His bright white face almost looks like a big, toothy grin. Advertisements

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Bizarre garlic butterball

Poised at the tip of a long, skinny stem, this freakish red head with frizzled green hair may be the flowering end of a Wild garlic (Allium vineale) — or perhaps some type of wild onion. Either way, it’s a … Continue reading

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Bird’s nest troupe

A few days ago, the barn swallow chicks were still in the nest. Looking more like their parents at this point, at least four were jammed into their ever shrinking hideaway. Today, though, nobody was home.

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Fluorescent blight

Although the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is probably seen primarily as a pest, at least its bronzy wings and glossy green front make it an attractive one.

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A privet matter

Draped like a bunch of bananas, the closed blooms of this European or wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare) were just starting to open into a chorus of tiny white trumpets a week or two ago.

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Easy to swallow

Tucked under a corner eave of one of the park maintenance buildings, a couple of beaklets open wide for their afternoon treats. As is typical for many in NJ, these Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) have limited real estate and are … Continue reading

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Snowball expressed

Small piles of individual flowerflakes are gathered & shaped to convey a frosty, late spring ball. I think this showy bloom is of an Arrowwood tree/shrub (genus Viburnum).

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