Category Archives: Joe Palaia Park

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. Advertisements

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The Short Blond Caterpillar with One Black Stripe

Perhaps looking for a suitable spot to transform, this heavily filamented Fall webworm caterpillar (Hyphantria cunea) was making its way across what must’ve seemed a vast expanse of paved pathway.

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Brown out (and about)

Curled into something like an Om symbol turned on its side, this small snake had the opposite of a calming effect — but only because of its sudden & unexpected appearance practically underfoot. This little slitherer may be a Northern … Continue reading

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Circle line cruising

For a member of a typically more skittish clan, this young woodchuck was uncharacteristically at ease among people. Mostly, though, he seemed intent on exploring a small patch of grass — moving in large, clockwise circles as he went & … Continue reading

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Deer creek meet

Walking one of the less traveled paths that runs along a creek, we spooked a deer who was either getting a drink or cooling its toes — or both. Its friend on the bank looked rather surprised to see us … Continue reading

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Creature from the White Cocoon

Armored in green spikes, these catkins certainly look more menacing than the cottony centers from whence they came. Though pine-like in appearance, I think they’re on some type of willow tree.

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Gold standard of Spring

Bright as a marshmallow peep, this male goldfinch was like a shiny ornament tucked into the pine branches.

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