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

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

9-28 Water Smartweed


Water Smartweed, a plant of ponds and wet shores, is in full flower.


Monday, September 27, 2021

9-27 Woolly Bear Caterpillar


Woolly Bear Caterpillars, larva of Isabella Tiger Moth, are looking for sheltered places to overwinter. This species produces two generations a year.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

9-25 Witch Hazel


Witch Hazel has begun to flower. John

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

9-22 Beechdrops


Beechdrops are parasitic on the roots of beech trees.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

9-21 Earthstar fungus


Earthstar fungi are at their best. John

Monday, September 13, 2021

9-13 Sand Jointweed


Sand Jointweed is among the last flowerings of the season. Only Witch Hazel flowers later.


Thursday, August 26, 2021

8-26 Inflated Bladderwort


Inflated Bladderwort is both free floating and carnivorous.


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

8-25 Sand Jointweed


Sand Jointweed's racemes of pink or white flowers are starting to open. As the name implies this species favors sandy soils.


flower enlarged

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

8-24 New England Asters


This summer's wet conditions favor New England Aster. Look ofr them in damp meadows and along shores.


Monday, August 23, 2021

8-23 Closed Gentians


Closed, AKA Bottle, Gentians are turning from green to blue-violet. These flowers never open, yet Bumblebees routinely enter them.