Category Archives: Flora

Ant Manna

Bright yellow prickly pear flowers are blooming all over the sandy-soiled sections of Weltz Park. A tiny, ant-sized bee was enjoying one of the sweet cactus cups. Might be Eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa).

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Pink drapefruit

A small treasure to come upon in the woods, this Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule) brightened the walk otherwise dominated by browns & greens.

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It Might As Well Be Springbeauty

A loose carpet of pale pink wildflowers lined some of the wooded paths of Bayonet Farm. I think these lightly striped examples are Virginia springbeauty (Claytonia virginica).

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Random Harvestbells

Scattered here and there along the quarry lake of Plainsboro Preserve, Harvestbells or Soapwort gentian (Gentiana saponaria) added even more oomph to an already beautiful Fall day. Some groupings varied in color, presenting a soft serving of frosted blueberry & … Continue reading

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The Tiny Humpback of Noted Game

Playing the camouflage card by looking much like a leaf itself — savoy cabbage comes to mind — this tiny Planthopper (possibly Acanalonia conica) found ample room for roaming on the comparatively larger platform provided by a Japanese knotwood bush.

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The Fanned Illusion

At a passing glance, this formation looked like a rather large moth resting on the side of a tree. Not sure, but I think it’s some kind of shelf fungus.

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This is Spiny Cap

A prickly plethora of large Yellow thistle (Cirsium horridium) lined some of the boardwalk paths over the marshy sections at Cape May Point State Park.

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Juxtaposed swamp meet

An attractive Skunk cabbage — bright green with a plum-colored comma-like accent — provided a sharp contrast with the less appealing bog water it was growing in.

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Frozen treat

On one of the few snowy days so far this year, a sprightly sprig of pine tags formed an impromptu cup for a wintry confection.

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Glacial growth rings

Franklin Lake had a thin glaze, although a few parts remained liquidly supple. Here and there, small petals of ice blossomed along reedy stems.

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