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Marmota monaxMarmota monax keeps an eye on you.Marmota monaxYet another den! Do they keep moving around? This general area has been the home of at least one for a while, but I think this particular den is newish.Marmota monaxFacing the sinking sun of another day.


Euptoieta claudiaA Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) yesterday in the Buddleia pollinator-magnet at Green-Wood. First time I’ve seen this species here in NYC, although I’d seen one before in Arizona. They’re a southern species, uncommon here, but have been known to get up to Canada.

Monday Meadows

meadow1Open these up.meadow2For megapixels of wonder.meadow3And speak not to me of lawns.

Sunset Park Elm

treeFall is coming! And about time, too! tree2The state of the elm. From this southwesterly perspective, it is hanging onto the slope of the moraine with everything it has.

Previous states of the elm.

Tiger Beetle

Cicindela limbalisA Common Claybank Tiger Beetle (Cicindela limbalis). Also known as the Green-margined Tiger Beetle. Spotted by a owl-eyed friend on a lichen-anchored rock on Mt. Taurus up above Cold Spring, NY, on a recent hike. Tiger beetles, in addition to being stripy are fast-moving predators of other insects.

viewThis was the view from up there.

Monarch, Comma

Danaus plexippusSpotted two Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in Green-Wood today.Danaus plexippusLike perfect little kites of joy.Polygonia commaAlso saw some Cabbage Whites, Orange Sulphurs, and several skippers. Pretty good for a day with temps in the high 40s at sunrise. There was also this Comma (Polygonia comma).Polygonia commaSoaking up the sun.

Mountain Mint

PycnanthemumOne of the Pycnanthemums in retirement for the year.


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