Saturday, April 21, 2012
Dedication to Learning
The sixth photo down is of Teasel, some species of Dipsacus, also a non-native. This is the dried stalk of last season's plant. The new leaves of this year's crop are just now breaking ground.
The next photo is of a Tree Swallow as it left the nesting box. I'm trusting the ID of birders who were on this hike. I don't see small birds very well, so I was lucky to get this shot. Now you know why most of my photos are close-ups. Photo Number 8 is Johnnytuck, AKA Butter and Eggs, Triphysaria eriantha. There's another flower found locally that is called Butter and Eggs, too. In fact I found some blooming last summer along Quincy Junction Road, not far from this reserve. Triphysaria was once placed in the Family Scrophulariaceae, but is now usually placed in the Broomrape family, Orobanchaceae. Last, a ball of seeds, placed in a creekside willow as a bird feeder. The Redwing Blackbird on the entrance sign seemed particularly appropriate today as the Redwings were plentiful today. After the tour, I drove down Lee Road to the old apple tree where I enjoy photographing tiny things. My next post will be of my findings there which include more dandelion photos.