Category Archives: Flora

… and a park ridge with a pear-shaped tree-like thing

Growing along one of the hillier trails in the park, one clump of bright green moss suggested both a plump pear and a rather squatty evergreen. Advertisements

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Northeast Passage

Perpendicular to one of the straight paved paths of the park, a natural dirt trail traces a horseshoe-shaped meander through the Fall woods. This leg of the shoe follows a narrow creek.

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Crunchy crew-cut clusters

Where the boardwalk returns to grassy path at one end of Little Silver Nature Trail, Sweetscent flowers (Pluchea odorata) in various stages of decline still managed to add small splotches of color next to the beige-gray walls of phragmites that … Continue reading

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Gold Digger of 2017

Rather than drilling into its namesake plant, this Locust borer (Megacyllene robiniae) was digging for goldenrod. Looked like beetle cousin to the yellowjacket.

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Prickly royal intrigue

As a Monarch butterfly was sipping nectar from the thready head of a Field thistle (Cirsium discolor), some type of mantis lay in wait among the thorny leaves. Luckily for the Monarch, it decided to fly off before it became … Continue reading

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Insects and Peppermints

Like a fuzzy mint confection, this Wool sower gall was a sweet treat for the eyes. Created by the Wool sower wasp (Callirhytis seminator) — or by its grubs — it’s apparently not dangerous to its host (a White oak, … Continue reading

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Huckleberry Found

Ranging from red through pink to white, bell-shaped flowers hung in small clusters on shrubs along a woodland path. They may belong to a Black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata) or something similar.

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