Nature Notes

June 29, 2011

Deptford Pink and a visitor

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Deptford Pink, Dianthus armeria

Deptford Pink, Dianthus armeria

The Deptford Pink, Dianthus armeria, is a tiny wildflower which is native to much of Europe. It is named after Deptford, a town in England where it grew in abundance. It is a gorgeous flower and has become naturalized over much of North America.

Deptford Pink, Dianthus armeria

Deptford Pink, Dianthus armeria


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June 25, 2011

Millbrook Covered Bridge, New York

Filed under: Covered Bridge,New York — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:37 am

 

Millbrook Covered Bridge, New York

Millbrook Covered Bridge, New York

When Built: 1902

Builders: Edgar Marks, Orrin B. Marks and Wesley Alton

Description:The bridge underwent extensive repairs in 1992 and looks in excellent condition. The repairs were done by the great-grandson of one of the original builders. It is sometimes known as Grant Mills Covered Bridge although this name probably refers to a different bridge that was destroyed.

Millbrook Covered Bridge, New York Millbrook Covered Bridge, New York


This is part of a series on New York’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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June 22, 2011

Snapping Turtles- Laying Eggs (Video)

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

At this time of year, Snapping Turtles are digging in and laying eggs, and a favorite spot is the edges of gravel roads near their marsh. The first clip is a large female digging in and the second is a small female laying eggs.

It isn’t unusual to come by the next day and see leathery white egg casings,as there are many predators like foxes, raccoons, skunks, and mink who are happy to make a meal of them.

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June 15, 2011

Abandoned Ship- A timelapse

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This video can be viewed in HD and full screen by  clicking on the Full screen icon on the bottom right.

I’m not sure of the real story behind this old ship. I had heard that the owner had originally planned to turn it into a restaurant but never found financing. Anyway, it now sits abandoned to the elements and home to various wildlife.


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June 10, 2011

Herb-Robert

Filed under: Flowers,Ontario — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Herb-Robert, Geranium robertianum

Herb-Robert, Geranium robertianum

While walking a woodland trail along the Niagara escarpment here in Ontario, I noticed a delicate violet flower with fern like leaves. It reminded me of Wild Geranium although much smaller.

A little research and I found it was indeed a Geranium. It is called Herb-Robert, Geranium robertianum. It is known from Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as here in North America. It apparently favors woodland with rocks and indeed it was growing from a crack in a rock.


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June 8, 2011

Monet’s Garden

Filed under: Flowers,France — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Monet's Garden

Monet's Garden

It is said that Monet saw the village of Giverny, France from the window of a passing train and vowed to live there. He moved there in 1883 and lived there until his death in 1926. Many of his most famous paintings like the water-lily series were completed there.

As Monet became wealthier, his garden was enlarged, eventually having seven gardeners under his direction.

In 1980 the gardens were restored and opened to the public, they have become a major tourist attraction.

 

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Monet's Garden Monet's Garden

 


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June 1, 2011

Eastern Chipmunk

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

This is a neighbor of mine, in fact he lives with his mate under my back shed. He has it pretty good with the pick of the seeds from my bird feeders, and some quick to reach hidey holes when the local cats venture by.

I occasionally see him stick his head out on a sunny winter day but they are normally in a state of torpor, reduced activity but not a true hibernation.

Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

Before winter arrives, they keep us amused by filling their cheeks with seeds and storing them in their burrows.


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