Monthly Archives: July 2014

Breathe right tip

Looking like not much more than another stick in the swamp, the tip of this turtle’s head was well camouflaged when he popped up for air.

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Tiptoe through the milkweed

At the edge of the library field, draped under a shadier overhang, this cluster of rocket-booster-shaped flowers was being examined by a tiny explorer. Might be Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca); the ant species is anybody’s guess.

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Go ask Alice

Through the hydrangea-branch looking glass was a vision of the brown rabbit. Didn’t seem to be running late, though. (Earlier post about an Eastern cottontail.)

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Knapweed time

On this sleepy, overcast Fourth, the luminescent lilac petal rays shoot off this knapweed bloom — possibly Meadow knapweed (Centaurea √ó moncktonii) — like daytime fireworks.

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Yellowbird of happiness

Even from a bit of a distance across a marshy stretch, this Yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia) stood out clearly, cheerfully singing his warbly song.

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