Category Archives: Franklin Lake Park

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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How Green Was My Katydid

Master of disguise — or at least of leafy mimicry — this palish green Katydid (I think) was hard to spot in passing, even though it took up a good portion of the real estate offered by a large Japanese … Continue reading

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Fewer than fifty shades of black(berry)

In a few bramble patches around the lake, blackberries were in varying degrees of ripeness — from red-flag tart, through wine-tinged temptation, to an inky invitation to sweetness. These are probably Common or Allegheny blackberries (Rubus allegheniensis).

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Wheel of becoming

Seems to be the season for damselfly get togethers. This pair of Familiar bluets (Enallagma civile) wasn’t the only couple around Franklin Lake making an effort to continue their species.

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Common ground cover

Easy to miss because of their size, tiny white and blue flowers growing low to the ground were still worth a look as some of the first signs of the spring blooms to come. The blue ones might be Corn … Continue reading

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Fruitake

Unconcerned by nearby strollers, this Northern mockingbird flew into a bush right along a paved path that circles Franklin Lake. After conducting a cursory survey of the available berries, he approved and sampled same.

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Black-crowned jewel

Drowsing on and off atop a creek rock, this Black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) was patiently awaiting his later dinner hour. Although a bit short by some heron standards, he rather resembled a long-legged penguin.

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