And such small teeth.
Tags: Green-Wood, trees
Tags: dragonflies, Great Swamp, insects
It was a bright, cool day at Great Swamp NWR on Saturday. Insect life was particularly subdued; it is almost December, after all. I saw a fly and heard a cricket. There were a few Autumn Meadowhawks (Sympetrum vicinum), though, and presumably they are eating something. Above is a male.Here’s a a female, not nearly as autumnally red.One of her hind wings is missing a chunk. Here she perches on my pants.
The Sympetrum are late season fliers, and boy, even in this record-breakingly — every month is now record-breaking — warm month, is it late.
Tags: Brooklyn, fungus, Great Swamp, mushrooms
Tags: Brooklyn, Green-Wood, trees
The sun is behind the brown and purple leaves of this White Oak, making some magic.
Cone of the Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), which is more rectangular than the ball-shaped fruit of the similar looking tree, the Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum). I bought one of the Baldy fruits home to photograph, too, but it fell into its constituent pieces in my bag, each heady with resin. They are put together like 3-D jigsaw puzzles, while these Metasequoia cones open up like this (also in my bag) to release their seeds. Eventually, it will dry to a nice brown color.