Category Archives: ecology

06.28.2021 A darling of a darkling

Guess I reached a bit for a cute title.  Most gardeners wouldn’t consider this beetle a darling but a pest.  They chew the bases of vegetable plants and do cause some damage. That I saw this one at all was … Continue reading

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09.07.2020 Spalted Wood as Abstract II

Yesterday I really didn’t have anything special in mind as I headed out so drove over to Quabbin Park.  It is not opening until 7 now so a sunrise there was not possible but the sky was mostly overcast so … Continue reading

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11.19.2019 Golden Pholiota

Going back a few weeks to September 21, I found a log being broken down by a couple of healthy colonies of Pholiota aurivella, commonly known as Golden Pholiota or Golden Waxy Cap along the road in the Federated Women’s … Continue reading

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10.10.2019 Living in the Past

Yikes, we just came back from Acadia and here it is one third of October passed already.  I know I grouse about the speed of passing time a lot, but there you go, a week and a half gone. In … Continue reading

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09.24.2019 Spalted Wood as Abstract

While looking around a spot in Quabbin Park, I happened upon a fallen log that had some spalting which is caused by fungus activity.  Many woodturners and makers of small decorative boxes use the wood to advantage as it can … Continue reading

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09.11.2019 Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars

There are not many insects that thrive dining on milkweed.  Its sap is a bitter (I guess) latex that is poisonous to most, but a hardy few not only gobble the leaves up but use the poisons as a defense … Continue reading

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08.19.2019 Driftwood 1

Before finding the blue curls yesterday, I walked a bit of Gate 35, Old North Main Street in the disenfranchised former town of Dana, Massachusetts-one of the four towns flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir. It’s one of my favorite … Continue reading

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08.16.2019 Bubble Pond Cedars: Together for life

Another old (1994) Acadia image recently reprocessed.  These two Atlantic Cedars have an obvious attraction to each other. When visiting Acadia last year, I saw that their grip was as strong as ever. This same trail presents this mystery as … Continue reading

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08.13.2019 Well, it ain’t exactly Texas

I am always envious of the wide swaths of wildflowers my Texas friends share in their blogs.  Most of the time here in  Western Massachusetts the flowers are in small patches with a few exceptions like Goldenrod or Buttercups. I … Continue reading

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07.27.2019 The reddest of the red

I don’t think a flower could be more deeply red than the Cardinal Flower-Lobelia cardinalis. This is a native here in New England and much of the country and can quite often be found in garden centers for home gardens.  … Continue reading

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