Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tadpoles in abundance

I get a lot of pleasure in reading about different wildlife sightings. This season's Wildlife Diversity newsletter is definitely a good read because I learned new things. I particularly like the tadpole identification guide. I thought I would post a copy of it here, it's on page 8: click for newsletter

Friday, April 25, 2014

A Walk in the Woods

On one of my email lists, people report the first wildflowers of the year. This always gets me feeling antsy because I don't want to miss the spring ephemerals -- they are gone so quickly!

I was able to relax a little over the weekend when I saw that most flowers are not ready yet. Like these trout lilies. I saw only one in full bloom.


And these Dutchmen's Breeches. They are starting, but not yet full. I saw only a few in full bloom. But the leaves and buds are abundantly spread throughout the woods.


The May apples are preparing, too:


The moss was flowering.


And of course, I found a geocache. Number #254 for me.

Gotta include a pic with the gps for proof.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Revisiting Rue Anemone

100 Species Challenge #51 Rue Anemone

You might remember a post from a few years back when I couldn't tell if I had seen Rue Anemone. I had the same experience over the weekend. Have a look below.


All the (pink) flowers had a different number of petals.

I then found a good comparison chart at Iowa Plants. I need to take a closer look. I think growing in an umbel seems to be the best indicator. What do you think?