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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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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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Giuseppe Verdigris-eyed monster

Backlit by goldenrod, Panicledleaf ticktrefoil (Desmodium paniculatum) stood out despite being so slender. Like alien heads with glowing jade eyes, the tiny flowers oddly resembled a purple version of Crow T. Robot (MST3K) holding pea-shaped opera glasses.

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Transparency in hoverment

Following along a meadow path, this Hummingbird clearwing moth flitted from flower to pale purple flower — ironweed, I think — taking a sip or two from each one as it went. (Earlier post about two such moths.)

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Sentry park

This lone stalk of Moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria) was poised like a purple-faced scarecrow standing guard over a field in Tatum Park.

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A Weed Called Horsefly

A few outcroppings of Horseflyweed or Wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria) added a welcoming sprig of sunny color to a parched patch of meadow between two wooded trails at Charleston Springs.

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A few stems of Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) provided heady, bright highlights to a mostly shady wooded path.

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