Category Archives: PhotoImage

Maple Morphology

IMG_4153THREESTRIPEDMAPLES480You might have seen the TWIGS post from last week that showed the two-lead-bud pattern of the Striped Maple (or Moosewood) that grows along the creeks.Just two days later, this is what became of that tiny compressed and highly-ordered bit of biology packed inside those bud scales. The rate of expansion from the micro- to the macroscopic is impressive. Wonder what it would like like in time-lapse video?The deeply-veined deeply-lobed finely-toothed leaves are one of my favorite spring patterns early on as the leaves emerge translucent, in shades of yellow … Continue Reading ››


P1010310_800StripedMaple480I am heading out in a few minutes to catch the first direct sun that flares through the spring trees as it crests the east ridge. This particular combination of angles makes for some nice backlit baby leaves and fern fronds.These Striped Maple buds in that kind of light made for an interesting cluster of light green Vs, with each terminal branch giving rise to two leaf buds.P1010309StripedMaple480But for the first time (a common theme this week--old dog new tricks-wise) I noticed … Continue Reading ››

Connected Community

Dew-covered, these webs are NOT invisible at first light.
Dew-covered, these webs are NOT invisible at first light. Click to enlarge.
What the world (and my image archive) does not need is more pictures of spider webs. But I am a sucker for design in nature. Order in a world of disorder draws me in, speaks to me, teaches me and gives me hope. And questions. But the latter is for an audience I have not located, so I’ll move along here.From this image of ordinary outdoor happenings on … Continue Reading ››

Bluebells: An Unexpectedly Showy Native Wildflower

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We transplanted a couple of Virginia Bluebell plants (Mertensia) when we moved from Walnut Knob in 1999, setting them into the bank across the creek in rich woods, as close to the environment from which we had taken them.For years, they survived but not much more. Now they are spreading--both across the creek and below the back door along the branch. They have survived multiple trouncings by the dogs (ours and our perpetually-borrowed neighbor's dog).They have been stunning this year, at least early on, … Continue Reading ››

Class Warfare: Reptiles vs Amphibians vs US

In this corner, the Eastern Garter Snake. in the other, a Slimy Salamander.
In this corner, the Eastern Garter Snake. in the other, a Slimy Salamander. CLICK to enlarge.
...and of course in this particular match-up, it is rarely the Class Ampibia that wins. Some larger frogs do eat smaller snakes I suppose, but the best defense for a salamander or a frog is never having to defend itself. No teeth, no claws. Sissy fight.Some few amphibians are poisonous (arrow poison frogs and fire newts for example.) But their … Continue Reading ››
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