Flora Posts

Springing Forward by , Ranger

April 18th, 2014

There’s been so much happening in the Wild lately that it’s difficult to keep up, to stay on top of the reporting of said happenings. Here’s a quick update. If you remember, there were two successful Green Heron nests in our Wetlands last year. We’re hoping to have a repeat. Last Saturday two of the […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Shoots by , Ranger

April 11th, 2014

Things are changing rapidly out of doors. Early blooming trees and flowers are doing just that, blooming, and leaves are shooting out of twigs and stems. The following photos were taken just a day or two ago. They look different already. You owe it to yourself to get out there and have a look around. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Waxwings, “Just stopping by.” by , Ranger

April 1st, 2014
Not a feather out of place.

Not a feather out of place.

The wandering nomadic flocks of Cedar Waxwings are always a pleasure to see. I usually hear them before I see them, their trill, high-pitched calls signaling their presence, either flying overhead or perched above in some tall tree staging for an assault of a nearby fruiting tree or shrub. Hearing high-pitched sounds is not as easy for me as it once was, so it was by sight that I first became aware of a flock here at the Museum last week.

The birds were flying to and from loblolly pines to a group of red cedar trees next to the Sail Boat Pond in Catch the Wind. They were laying bare the fruit of the cedars, as waxwings are known to do. The flocks spot a likely source of fruit, holly berries, Pyracantha, or fruit laden cedar tree, assault the tree or shrub for however long it takes to render it fruitless, then fly off to find a new source of berries.

I photographed the berries of this same group of cedars for a display case in Explore the Wild during late Fall of last year. The trees were loaded with fruit.

A close shot of the cedar, or juniper, berries,  from November.

A close shot of the cedar, or juniper, berries, from November.

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The Pace Quickens by , Ranger

March 24th, 2014

As the days pass, more and more species step in line. Plants and animals that have been waiting out the cold spring to life as the daytime temperatures hit the 70s and the nights level off in the fifties. A couple more days of chilly (not cold, but chilly) weather and it will all be […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Too by , Ranger

March 21st, 2014

Spring progresses, interupted occassionally by sleet, snow and freezing rain, but still progresses. In between the bouts of the above mentioned weather I’ve photographed proof that spring is here and that it can’t be reversed. And finally, not necessarily a sign of spring but just a nice portrait of Red Wolf 1414 as he surveys […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Sights of Spring by , Ranger

March 13th, 2014

Canada Geese mate for life, and they are devoted. Watching our resident pair of Canadas here in our Wetland it’s obvious that they watch out for one another. The male is always on the lookout for danger as his mate feeds, bathes and preens, and rests. We know these geese well, they’re here every year […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Fern Frost by , Ranger

February 14th, 2014

The van was covered with snow the day before this photo was taken. I cleaned it off (the van) the next morning and didn’t move it the entire day/night. I’m not sure of the wind velocity, but think it was calm overnight, clear sky and calm. The temperatures were in the mid to high twenties.┬áInteresting […] Read the rest of this entry »

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A Field Guide to Whatever it is You’re Looking at by , Ranger

January 21st, 2014

There seems to be a guide to just about anything and everything. Whatever it is you happen to be looking at someone has put together a guide to help you figure out what it is, and often, how it relates to the world. There are field guides to birds, mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians, plants […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Afternoon Reflections on the Wetlands, and a Sleepy Wolf by , Ranger

December 30th, 2013

After I took the following four photographs I realized that they are all of the same subject but at different levels of zoom. They were not shot in the same sequence as they appear here but minutes apart with other photos in between. There was obviously something that drew my eye to that spot. And, […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Orange by , Ranger

November 20th, 2013

My intention here was to post pictures of fall colors and title it so. The overriding theme, however, is orange. Each photo contains orange hues, your eye is drawn to that color. Until next time … Read the rest of this entry »

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