Category Archives: Natural History

Jefferson or Hyacinth Bean…

Plant and Stand Back! Don’t have a green thumb? I think I have found the answer. Early this summer, on a trip to Thomas Jefferson’s summer home, Poplar Forest, I picked up a package of seeds from the gift shop. … Continue reading

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A Tomato Hornworm Stirs the Curious Naturalist

Natural History – The Tomato Hornworm I have often described myself as “a curious naturalist,” (especially after I read “The Curious Naturalist” by Sy Montgomery).  Perhaps, the garden helps feed my “curious naturalist” gene.  For example, this morning while encouraging … Continue reading

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Black Widow Spider

 Tuesday Topics – Natural History Turning over rocks, boards, or anything lying on the ground anywhere in the temperate areas of the United States can be hazardous. Black Widow spiders prefer cool, protected areas under almost anything on or near … Continue reading

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Tuesday Topics – The Bald Cypress Tree

Tuesday Topics – Nature  The Bald Cypress is a unique tree: it can thrive in standing water, it has “knees” that act as snorkels for its roots, and it is a conifer (usually evergreens) but it loses it needles every … Continue reading

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Monochrome Maddness 2-43 – Wind Sculptures

The wind twisting sea grass in the dry sand carved out the concentric curves. They seem appropriate for Leanne Cole’s theme of “curves” for Monochrome Madness 2-43. There are more awesome monochrome photos at the link above.  

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The Fascinating Biology of the Monarch Butterfly

Topical Tuesday – Nature The monarch butterfly is not only beautiful but is also a fascinating biological study. Consider the following Monarch facts: 1. It “tastes bad” to predators. 2. Because it tastes bad, it is mimicked by the Viceroy … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Wheel Bugs

When bad bugs go good! I encountered this pair of wheel bugs on the screen door. They totally ignored me as I moved around in an attempt to get a decent photo. The wheel bug can be identified by the … Continue reading

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Picking Up a Reluctant Hitch-hiker

Natural History Post of the Month – Black Rat Snake Driving home along the country road, I rounded a sharp turn and immediately saw a snake stretched out on the pavement, soaking up the warmth of the sun. Unfortunately, and … Continue reading

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Sunday Stills’ Challenge – Multiple Flowers

Multiple flowers from Leaming’s Run Gardens in Cape May County, New Jersey. Posted in response to Sunday Stills’ Challenge – Multiple Flowers

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Travel Theme: Off Center

“Jurassic” Leopard Frog I encountered this Leopard Frog near Batsto Lake, in southern New Jersey. A little cropping makes it look more imposing that it really is. It takes just a little imagination to conger a Jurassic landscape here. Submitted … Continue reading

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