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

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

9-28 Water Smartweed

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

John



Monday, September 27, 2021

9-27 Woolly Bear Caterpillar

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

John


Saturday, September 25, 2021

9-25 Witch Hazel

 9-25

Witch Hazel has begun to flower. John



Wednesday, September 22, 2021

9-22 Beechdrops

 9-22

Beechdrops are parasitic on the roots of beech trees.




Tuesday, September 21, 2021

9-21 Earthstar fungus

 9-21

Earthstar fungi are at their best. John



Monday, September 13, 2021

9-13 Sand Jointweed

 9-13

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

John



Thursday, August 26, 2021

8-26 Inflated Bladderwort

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Inflated Bladderwort is both free floating and carnivorous.

John


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

8-25 Sand Jointweed

 8-25

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

John

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

8-24 New England Asters

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

John


Monday, August 23, 2021

8-23 Closed Gentians

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

John