Tree Heron

This was a bit of a surprise.  A white great blue heron was perched and resting for a number of days in a tree along the river.  It was about 20 feet above the water and was just hunched up …

Cheep Cheep

These flowers have appeared near where the garlic mustard was gathered.  At first I thought they were related but these have 8 distinct white petals and are common chickweed (Stellaria media).  it’s edible, in moderation, and apparently is …

Woodpecker on Wood

I love woodpeckers.  They’re devilish to record with a picture, as this one proved.  It moved quickly around and around the trunk of the tree.  It looks like there’s just a touch of red on its head.

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Fishing Wader

It was mid-morning so I had low expectations for any creatures to be out and about.  I’d surprised a beaver the other morning, just after dawn, as it swam away with a newly harvest sapling.  There was a muskrat about …

Climbing Cucumber

The wild cucumbers have appeared again.  Only a few have flowered, like this one, and I thought it was funny how their flowered stems shot straight up in the air.  You can also see a vine growing up the side …

White Daisies

These multi-rayed white asters are everywhere now.  They grow in huge chaotic bunches.  They’re like explosions among the greenery surrounding them, fighting out from within the tall goldenrod and thistles surrounding them.

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Wearing the Crown

These puffs of flowers appeared amongst the Himalayan Balsam and, for a moment, the similar colors almost made me miss them.  But they are clearly different, and are a cluster of smaller pink and white flowers at the end of …