Be Thankful

tulipEnjoy this Liriodendron arching up towards the sun, and be thankful that I am not reviewing David Waltner-Toews’s The Origin of Feces today, although it should be on everyone’s reading list. After all, “farm-to-table” is not nearly the complete cycle….

Happy Thanksgiving!

So Many Hickories, So Little Time

CaryaAnd such small teeth.


IMG_4881It 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. Sympetrum vicinumThere were a few Autumn Meadowhawks (Sympetrum vicinum), though, and presumably they are eating something. Above is a male.Sympetrum vicinumHere’s a a female, not nearly as autumnally red.Sympetrum vicinumOne 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.

Mushroom Monday




Sunset Park Elm


No Filter But The Leaves

Quercus albaThe sun is behind the brown and purple leaves of this White Oak, making some magic.

Metasequoia Cone

Metasequoia glyptostroboidesCone 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.


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