Category Archives: Aquatic & Marsh Plants

Icy spring bling

An unusual sight for this area, a spring-green skunk cabbage was sprouting near a thin crust of sparkling snow. Sheltered within the shaded base of a tree, this may have been the only frosty patch remaining from last night’s dusting.

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Fat moon falling

Late in the afternoon, a fat white moon was low over some Common reeds (Phragmites australis) and the sparse woods behind them.

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Golden pond gourmand

This American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) may have been getting a drink of water as well, but he seemed mostly interested in eating the algae floating on the surface of the little swamp.

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A flowery floating life

A sunny yellow water-lily (perhaps Nuphar lutea) in Spring Lake, its fat flat leaves fanning out like welcoming landing pads for water-drawn insects.

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Toasty brown hot dogs of summer

The rich brown frankfurter flowers of these cattails (perhaps Broadleaf cattails (Typha latifolia)) are skewered at the end of their stems and slowly roasting over leafy green flames flickering in the breeze of a marshy area of the park.

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Junk, with sails unfurled

A month after it embarked on its springtime journey, the junk has unfurled its cabbage-green sails.

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