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Going a bit “Middle Earthish”

Elves or Gnomes? Looking south from the path beside the "Bobolink Field" in the arboretum. Always a bird-rich and interesting part of the trail system. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which [...]

2018-11-06T14:31:59+00:00Tuesday, October 30, 2018|

Late Autumn Colour in the Arboretum

Still some wonderful colour Spent a couple of hours in the arboretum this morning, just poking around on the trails. I had deliberately not taken a camera with me as to be honest I expected the best of the colour would now be behind us and I wanted to concentrate on the birds.  Well, [...]

2018-10-30T13:23:58+00:00Tuesday, October 30, 2018|

Homes for Gnomes

Fly Agaric Fungi + Wild Parsnip Found these two species (I would have said 'two plants' but these days, and for good reasons, fungi are no longer plants but a separate 'kingdom' altogether  - see note below) in close association at the arboretum about a week ago. The tall green plant is wild parsnip [...]

2018-10-24T14:58:41+00:00Wednesday, October 24, 2018|

A “Puddock” and his chums

What better way to celebrate my 70th birthday last Wednesday than to top off an early morning "nice cuppa tea" with a long walk in the arboretum. There we found more green frogs than you could shake a stick at and a very, very fine American toad (Anaxyrus americanus) who all came out to [...]

2018-09-16T10:48:53+00:00Wednesday, September 12, 2018|

Forest Berries #2

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Morgan Arboretum EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 CA) License … which really just means that you are very welcome to share and use any of these images, but for non-commercial purposes [...]

2018-09-16T09:54:59+00:00Wednesday, September 12, 2018|

Forest Berries #1

White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) Morgan Arboretum Not something to be added to your daily fruit requirement but otherwise to be enouraged as our birds are well served by its presence ... the following is lifted from Wikipedia:  "Baneberry contains cardiogenic toxins that can have an immediate sedative effect on human cardiac muscle. The berries [...]

2018-09-16T10:01:12+00:00Wednesday, September 12, 2018|

Fungi in the Forest

A few days ago while showing a visiting friend the trails in the Morgan Arboretum we realized that we were surrounded by a wide variety of beautiful fungi ... well, not surrounded perhaps but there were, and are, a heck of a lot of them. Consequently we decided to return, this time with camera [...]

2018-08-18T17:59:05+00:00Thursday, August 16, 2018|

Corpse Plant

Monotropa uniflora Also called the ghost plant, Indian pipe or corpse plant, is a perennial wildflower named from its shape and its pure, pale white colour. Unlike most other plants, this species does not produce chlorophyll, the green pigment used for photosynthesis. As a result, it is completely white (including its stem and scale-like [...]

2018-08-28T13:10:06+00:00Thursday, August 16, 2018|

Indigo Bunting – The Scottish Connection

Passerina cyanea - Indigo Bunting During an expedition to the arboretum primarily focussed on high summer forest flowers (yes, there are some) we happened upon an Indigo Bunting singing from a high point of "the branchery" and realised there was another just behind us and a third singing close by. It's not often you [...]

2018-08-28T13:12:50+00:00Thursday, August 2, 2018|

Summer Morning in the Arboretum

Birds, flowers, butterflies and photographs High summer is one of the very best times to go wandering in the arboretum because for the most part you have it to yourself and that means the wildlife is much closer and more easily observed. We saw birds close up today that usually stay well away from [...]

2018-07-12T16:02:50+00:00Thursday, July 12, 2018|