Flying Cucumbers

The wind was light today but blew the snow through the trees.  I noticed something shaking about 20 feet up in the air, in the branches of a tree.  It was a wild cucumber vine, with the fruit opened and …

Milkweed and Snow

The wind was causing the seeds in this milkweed pod to blow about.  I hadn’t expected to see any seeds still in the wild but I suppose the hardest part of winter hasn’t arrived yet.  These seeds look like they’re …

Milkweed Seeds Escape

Finally some of the milkweed pods are letting out their seeds.  I squeezed the sides of one, and the milk inside started to bubble through.  But the sides were as supple as if they were newly grown.  I would have …

Feathery Goldenrod

This goldenrod has completed its season, turning from green to yellow and now getting to share its seed with the surrounding countryside and, I suppose, hungry birds.

Wild Cucumbers Opened

I found another patch of wild cucumber on the way home the other day.  These had been opened, either by nature or by some animal.  I tipped one up to look inside and see what the inside looked like.

Berries for Winter

We have cleared out our vegetable garden at home.  It has made me far more aware of when foods are available, an awareness that is dimmed due to the ability to get food in a grocery store year round.  The …

Prickly Drums

This is one of the many unusual things I have seen along the river that have probably been there each year but I have not really been seeing them.  The shape of what I expect is the seed pod (see …