To all those interested in the natural world. Please add your sightings.

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson


Saturday, June 30, 2018

6-30 Indian Pipes

Indian Pipes are poking up through the leaf litter.
The little brownish flowers of Maryland Figwort can be seen in damp roadside weed patches.
blue Vervain puts up it showy spikes in wet meadows and marshy areas.
Indian Pipes

Maryland Figwort

Blue Vervain

Friday, June 29, 2018

6-29 Spotted Knapweed

Spotted Knapweed is in flower and attracting pollinators.
A not very well camouflaged Clymene moth rested for the day on a plantain leaf.
Fringed Loosestrife - so named for the hairy fringe on its leaf stems - colors moist thickets, ditches and shores.
Spotted Knapweed

Clymene moth

Fringed Loosestrife

Thursday, June 28, 2018

6-28 Purple Milkwort

Purple Milkwort, a flower of damp meadows and riverbanks, is starting to flower.
A pair of 'fireflies' of a diurnal non-luminous species (Pyropyga nigricans) mated on a rock next to the West River. Forty percent of all firefly species have no luminescence.
Purple Milkwort

'Fireflies' mating

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

6-27 Tubercled Orchid

Tubercled Orchids, AKA Southern Rain Orchids, are in flower. I find them along river banks.
Pale Spike Lobelia can be found along old logging roads and other such disturbed areas.
Tubercled Orchid

Close up of Tubercled Orchid

Pale Spike Lobelia

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

6-26 Whorled Coreopsis

Whorled Coreopsis, a garden escape, is in flower.
Tiny 1/8 inch globe shaped flowers mark the shrub called Maleberry.
Two butterflies posed nicely while I snapped pictures, a Gray Comma and a Northern Pearly eye.
Whorled Coreopsis


Gray Comma

Northern Pearly Eye

Monday, June 25, 2018

6-25 Spotted Touch-me-not

Spotted Touch-me-not can be found in wet shaded areas.
Creeping Spearwort finds soil to root in on the river cobble.
Purple Loosestrife, an aggressive alien, is coloring river banks.
A rather uniquely colored Ladybird Beetle hunted aphids on a willow leaf.
Spotted Touch-me-not

Creeping Spearwort

Purple Loosestrife

Ladybird Beetle

Sunday, June 24, 2018

6-24Evening Primrose

The showy yellow flowers of Evening Primrose are opening.
Partridgeberry's fuzzy white ground hugging flowers dot mossy banks.
Nipplewort decorates roadsides and open woods.
Evening Primrose



Nipplewort leaf

6-23 Moth Mullein

Moth Mullein which can be either yellow or white can be found along dry roadsides.
A rather common dragonfly aptly called the Twelve-spotted Skimmer sat still long enough for me to get a picture.
Yellow Moth Mullein

White Moth Mullein

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Friday, June 22, 2018

6-22 White Sweet Clover

 White Sweet Clover, an introduced species, waves its wands along roadsides.
Cow Wheat's tiny, white, yellow-lipped flowers dot dry woodlands.
Monkey Flower is up in wet places, often is standing water.
The abbreviated petals of Rough Avens rise over damp shaded thickets.
White Sweet Clover

Cow Wheat

Monkey Flower

Rough Avens

Thursday, June 21, 2018

6-21 Common St. John's Wort

Common St. John's Wort is brightening fields and roadsides.
Fuzzy grayish pink flower heads make Rabbit-foot Clover easy to identify.
Wide clusters of white flowers in damp thickets mark Common Elder.
A beautifully iridescent Dogbane Beetle sat patiently while I snapped its picture.
Common St. John's Wort

Rabbit Foot Clover

Common Elder

Dogbane Beetle

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

6-20 Small Sundrops

Small Sundrops are in flower. Look for their 4 petaled yellow flowers in grassy areas.
Bristly Sarsaparilla's skeletal white flowers can be seen in thickets and along roadsides
Yellow Rattle, a parasite on grasses, can occasionally be found in old fields.
Small Sundrops

Bristly Sarsaparilla

Yellow Rattle

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

6-19 White Beardtongue

White Beardtongue is starting to flower.
Hundreds of Bracted Plantains fur an area of compacted gravel.
Black-eyed Susans dot fields and roadsides.
Everlasting Pea, often introduced on construction sites, brightens otherwise species poor banks. This clump was growing on rip rap.
White Beardtongue

Bracted Plantain

black-eyed susan

Everlasting Pea

Monday, June 18, 2018

6-18 Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed is starting to open flowers.
Deptford Pink joins its close relative Maiden Pink in thinly vegetated, sandy areas.
Aptly named Butter and Eggs can be seen along roads and railroad tracks.
The pale yellow flowers of Moneywort sprawl over wet ditches and along edges of thickets.
Common Milkweed

Deptford Pink

Butter and Eggs


Sunday, June 17, 2018

6-17 Yellow Sweet Clover

Yellow Sweet Clover, an alien species, is starting to flower.
Common Mullein is up in thickets and along roadsides.
Tiny blue flowers with conspicuous white palates make Blue Toadflax an easy species to identify
The pink and white clover-like flowers of Crown Vetch, another alien, dot roadsides and fields.
Yellow Sweet Clover

Common Mullein

Blue Toad Flax

Crown Vetch

Saturday, June 16, 2018

6-16 Tall Cinquefoil

Tall Cinquefoil, the only non-yellow cinquefoil, is flowering.
Harebell dangles its flowers from ledges.
Meadowsweet can be found in thickets and old fields.
Smooth Rose, a mostly thornless species with dull green leaves, colors river banks.
Tall Cinquefoil



Smooth Rose