Monthly Archives: May 2015

Just the flax, ma’am

Despite its bright color, this Canada toadflax (Nuttallanthus Canadensis) is easy to miss. Its skinny stem is practically leafless, and the bloom size is quite small. Still, it rewards a closer look with at least a partial eyeful of vibrant … Continue reading

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Owlet mall

A small family of Great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) were sitting in various spots in tall pine trees along a wooded park promenade. The owlets were the easiest to spot with their fleecy white covering. Two were huddled together on … Continue reading

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Flowerwing

When it’s not flitting about but sitting quietly on the end of a bit of grass instead, this Eastern tailed-blue butterfly (Cupido comyntas) could easily be mistaken for a pretty little wildflower.

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Brain cloud

This stiff, pale green moss might make for some nice bushes around a model-train set. Up close it looks like a bleached coral reef, or maybe a mass of neurons. Although there are none of its namesakes in this area, … Continue reading

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