Posts Tagged 'trees'

Palisades

IMG_8469One last boating trip of the year.p2The Commodore headed up the Hudson for a look at the leaves.p4A hazy afternoon made for some impressionistic views.p3

Beechwood

BeechwoodThis is an approximation of the light on this appropriately yellow-blazed trail on Saturday afternoon. It was a tonic that cured what ailed us. Whatever it was that ailed us. The sun had a been a little spotty before this, and the scrubby oaks atop the hill were mostly fallen, so coming into this batch of American Beech was absolutely magical.

The forest for the trees

TaurusTreesA hike in the fall woods is always a sensual and philosophical experience.KatydidI was in a yellow light under oaks and beeches in an overcast sky, later speared through by shafts of sunlight.Yes, both the woods and I were speared. My eyes kept shifting from the whole to the parts. Walking over even relatively smooth trails still requires at least one eye on the path for rocks and roots and unexpected katydids. You can just see one of the animal’s tympana, or ears, on the top foreleg, just under the joint, here.Shroom1And of course you must stop, and catch your breath, which has run away from you, and turn around. I mean all the way around.Shroom2This Chicken-of-the-Woods, with its cascade of yellow and orange petticoats, wouldn’t have been noticed otherwise.

In the Hudson Highlands

panoramaOn the flank of Mt. Taurus above Cold Spring, NY, yesterday. (Click on this image to view a larger version.)

Leaf Color Chat

leaves1What are the leaves saying?leaves2These colors maybe signaling something. Several somethings, in fact. leaves3I’ll be talking about our friends the leaves tomorrow night at OutdoorFest’s Mappy Hour, 7-9, at the brand new Threes Brewing Co. in Gowanus. So new that it hasn’t opened it; this is a preview event. See here for more details.sumacLeaves, beer, and then maps. A good trio.

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Cobras!

Gleditsia triacanthosWellllll… not exactly. Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) pods posed to show off their curls.pod1So I brought these pods home, and two weeks later, they gave birth! Actually, some… thing emerged, cutting out circular escape passages after devouring the no-doubt tasty seeds within.pod2Here’s a list, which we must presume is only partial, of insects that enjoy this tree.pod3The cut-out portion of seed pod, and the bug.pod4

A Bumper Buckeye Crop

Aesculus flavaThere is a single old Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus flava) on the edge of the Long Meadow. I walked by on Tuesday, wondering if there might be any of the big seeds, or buckeyes, still around, or yet to fall. Well, I hit the jackpot. There were many and they had just fallen, so they were plump and gorgeously colored. They’ll darken, fade, and shrivel soon enough, so enjoy them now.

Yellow Buckeyes are native to southern Appalachia. We don’t have to many up here; they don’t even rate on entry in New York City Trees. Much more common are the Common Horsechestnut (A. hippocastanum), a native of Eurasia, and the Red Horsechestnut, a hybrid between the Horsechestnut and the Red Buckeye.

While the seeds — buckeyes, conkers — look very similar, the larger Yellow Buckeyes have fleshy, smooth pods that tend to decay quickly, while Horsechestnut pods are spiky and dry to hard little cases. Aesculus flavaThe buck’s eyes?


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