Category Archives: ecology

04.11.2022 Promise you’ll never let me go

Hemlock and Black Birch seem very compatible in these woods near Dean Brook. I’ve seen them joined like this in other spots nearby. As more is learned about the ecology of forests and soil in general it is becoming more … Continue reading

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03.08.2022 Gneiss Swirls

It’s hard to sense just how hot the core of the earth is and what it is like where two tectonic plates meet, one subducting below the other. The heat so intense that rock melts and swirls into patterns such … Continue reading

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03.07.2022 Nice Gneiss

Yesterday some friends invited me to meet up in Shelburne, MA and visit the Glacial Potholes.  I had visited the location a long time ago…read 40+ years…and was happily surprised to see color and patterns which I did not recall.  … Continue reading

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01.05.2022 Spalted Wood as Art

Spalting occurs when wood rot fungus attacks a tree or, in this case, fallen branch. I posted some from this shoot a few years back, here and here, but hadn’t worked on this composition until now. It’s a prized bit … Continue reading

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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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