Notes and changes since last report
- It was partly cloudy, 82° and calm at 1:00 PM on August 23, 2012.
- I started at the Fern Glen pond today where one of the spreadwing damselflies posed for me.
- In the Norway Spruce Glade along the road above the Glen, was a large Argiope or garden spider with an equally large cicada in its web.
- There were a lot of chewed remains of mushrooms along the trails. But on the Cary Pines trail, I came upon one untouched. I liked the moss too.
- I lingered at the foot bridge over the little creek feeding the Wappinger creek. The butterfly I'd glimpsed didn't return but right at my feet was an interesting opposite-leaved plant
- On closer inspection, I took it to be one of the skullcaps.
- Little bluestem grass was reddening in the Old Pasture.
- We don't often think of grasses as flowering plants, however...
- I always marvel at how easily the bright American copper can disappear on a grassy path.
- And on the way out of the Old Pasture, another perfect mushroom... with a nice view of sheep laurel, which seemed attractive to the copper.
- The back Old Hayfield had been mowed around its edge: a prelude for what is to come... But we must mow to keep our fields fields. And adjacent fields are mowed on alternate years to provide refuge.
- A pair of interesting flies allowed a photo.
- The boardwalk across the end of the Sedge Meadow afforded an excellent view of rough-leaved goldenrod, easily recognized by the large lower leaves and habitat.
- A large pokeweed was flourishing behind the Carriage House.
- The birds love the berries when they ripen to dark purple.
- We've seen a lot of goldenrods lately; what we haven't seen is ragweed with its tiny inconspicuous flowers - the actual cause of so much sinus discomfort.
- I've been avoiding thinking about it, but the view across the Little Bluestem Meadow was indicating the End Of Summer.
- Silver-rod - our only white goldenrod - on the Scotch Pine Alleé was indicating the end of the trails for me today.