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Salt & pepper chipper

Unlike its tree-top-preferring friends, this Black-and-white warbler (Mniotilta varia) and others of its ilk seem to like being closer to the ground. They hop about on trunks & branches like tiny woodpeckers.

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In a nutshell

This nut casing – perhaps walnut? – was lying in the middle of a wooded path, looking up with the face of a tiny Barred owl (Strix varia). Since it seemed to be the only one around, it may have … Continue reading

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Mossy microcosm

A small patch of Conifer or Haircap moss (genus Polytrichum) looks like a pine tree forest shrunk down to terrarium size. This group shared its space with some kind of pale Cup lichen (genus Cladonia) — perhaps Reindeer lichen (Cladina … Continue reading

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Stopping by woods …

… on a snowy afternoon. We had our first accumulating snow today. And while only a couple of inches, it turned the already appealing forests & fields into something exquisitely ethereal.   (Poem referenced by title: ‘Stopping by Woods on … Continue reading

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Secret Squirrel

A small section of bark on this fallen birch tree (some variety of Betula) looks as though it’s been purposely peeled back to be used as a secret stash of nuts for a nearby squirrel.

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Leaves of (Blue-eyed) Grass

Small yet striking sapphire-to-amethyst flowers on the ends of a few blades of blue-eyed grass (some member of the genus Sisyrinchium). These woodland gems were poking up through some of the brighter green ground cover just off a path that … Continue reading

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Afternoon of a fern

Translucently chartreuse fern fronds backlit by the afternoon sun in a wooded area at the edge of the park. May be Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis).

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