Category Archives: Joe Palaia Park

See sawfly

A small sawfly (perhaps in the Tenthredininae family) marched all over the much larger leaves of a milkweed plant, here exploring the area near the pink-purple midrib of the leaf.

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Home sweet turtle home

Not sure what the odds are of it being true, but we hope this large turtle basking on the creek bank is the grown up version of the tiny one we rescued from a nearby street a few years ago. … Continue reading

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Still waters

A bit of birch log submerged in one of the park creeks created a rather ghostly image — resting on the blackened leaves of previous winters, with the lacework of reflected bare branches covering it like a translucent shroud.

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Numbdrops

Once again, the hardy Snowdrop makes its appearance during an almost-Spring snowfall. Despite the icy environs, a few dewy drops of snowmelt hinted at warmer times to come. [Previous Snowdrop post.]

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Deer prudence

Well off the main path and back into the woods, a small herd of White-tailed does looked at us with caution but not too much alarm. Two larger bucks stood just off to the right.

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The face of winter

The wrinkled surface, lichen patches, and broken bark hollows of this weathered tree suggested a rather forlorn — or perhaps just sleepy — face surveying the snow-covered woods that surrounded it.

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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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