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northern forest 2006
woods (June 20, 2006) (2006-06-23 20:19:56)
Looking at these photos taken on an overcast evening reminds me of all
the stories in the woods. In the foreground is the trunk and lower branches
of a black spruce, dead now, that succombed to the spruce bark beetle
infestation about 10 years ago.
And the story of this photo of the red columbine is that it appears to
be an escapee from the garden, growing in the vicinity of a spot in our
woods where we dump garden trimmings and weeds. Was it a seed or a piece
of columbine that was accidentally weeded? Columbines are hardy, dependable
carnage in the woods on a spider-size scale (7/13/06)
I haven't been back in the woods for awhile this summer and although I
was not surprised to find the trail thickly overgrown, I was surprised
to find head-tall grass taking over one section. Has the canopy diminished
enough from trees falling to allow grasses to crowd out other plants,
or has something else changed?
Old birch forest -- summer day view.
It would appear that legs are not a preferred delicacy in the spider kingdom...
Stink bug on cow parsnip (which is stinky in it's own right) -- one of
the surprises I found as I work on getting the hang of this macro lens.
Junco (7/25/06) (2006-07-25 22:59:56)
The junco families "owned" the woods this afternoon. Juvenile junco, note
the white stripes on its tail.
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