Friday, June 14, 2019

A Quiet Morning

Since retiring my waking hours are now determined by the Sun.  Of course that means sleeping until almost 8 in the winter, but in the summer the birds make sure that I am up early.

This morning I was up and out on the pond before the Sun broke through the clouds, to enjoy a quiet moment.




Friday, June 7, 2019

Topsmead

One of my favorite spots for an afternoon walk is Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield, CT.

The main attraction is the hundreds of nesting bobolinks, but there are also bluebirds, swallows, and warblers of all kinds.

There are also lots of meadow wildflowers.

Topsmead is beautiful





Bobolinks do NOT pose for photos
Hiding in the grass
I needed a really powerful zoom lens to get him.

Blue-eyed grass, which is an Iris

Mr. Bluebird

Orange Hawkweed

Wild Geranium

Golden-Chain Tree in the garden.

Buttercups and Ragged-Robin

Looking at the birdhouse from the blind

Looking at the blind from the birdhouse

Timothy Grass


Ragged-Robin


Friday, May 31, 2019

A Walk Before The Rain

Went for a walk along a shaded road through the reservoir in Burlington CT and 

found some pretty things.

The alien Dame's Rocket adds color to roadsides

A beautiful native azalea

If you know the ID of this moth, let me know

Fringed polygala

Cucumber root is starting to bloom


Arabis, I believe

Cinnamon fern fertile fronds are ripening

Pink lady's slipper

Mr. indigo bunting

A female rose-breasted grosbeak

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The most beautiful azalea in the world.

I will state here that in my opinion Rhodora is the most beautiful native azalea in the country. 

I went out to Philbrick-Cricenti this afternoon and found many dozens of the rare plant lighting up the bog.


Rhodora canadensis, a rare plant that has no competitors.










Some late Marsh-Marigolds lighting up the swamp

Bog laurel is now in full bloom

More bog laurel

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Field Trip to Gold

I get out to the Philbrick-Cricenti bog mid-summer every year to see the orchids, but yesterday I was looking for a short, relatively fly-free walk and headed out to see what early summer might offer. I found gold.

Golden Marsh-Marigolds, to be precise. Masses of bright yellow.


Also bog-rosemary, a few early bog laurel flowers, and lots of Rhodora in bud! I'm going back next week to see what I hope to be an amazing display of Rhodora.



Marsh-Marigold!

Marsh-Marigold!

Marsh-Marigold!








Bog-Rosemary



Bog-Laurel

Rhodora!!