Video of the trashline orbweaver I saw in Saxon Woods
For more pictures from this hike see the Picasa web album.
|Marsh Marigolds Blooming!|
|Trout Lilies Poking Up Through Leaf Litter|
|Young Leaves Unfurling|
|Cowslip Just Bein' a Cowslip|
|More Trout Lilies Being All Trouty|
In between this plant shot and the next one, I took my longest stop of the day. I saw some plants I wanted to photograph, and then I noticed a tiny web glistening between the twigs of the small tree in front of me. I took a step forward, took a closer look at the sesame-seed-sized spider on the web, saw the telltale orange chevron on its ventral opisthosoma (god I love saying "ventral opisthosoma") and smiled. The adolescent venusta orchard spiders have left the leaf litter and are getting on with it. It's like getting reacquainted with an old friend.
I got out my Canon XSi with the macro lens and started snapping away. I noticed more and more webs and took more and more shots. Hundreds. Then I took some not-quite-so-close-up macro shots of a beautiful budding plant whose every bud had a brilliant red collar.
Then I noticed that the camera readout had a blank spot where the number of shots remaining on the memory card should be.
I popped open the hatch and sure enough: I'd forgotten to put the memory card in the camera.
...but here are some shots I took in South Mountain Reservation in Millburn last year, just to give you a sense of the tiny packets of negentropy I saw flaring all around me this morning.
|Wildflower With Silvered Leaves|
|Blown-Down Sign on the Hutchinson Parkway|
After a bit of Googling...
Holy crap! There are 40-50 species of trillium! I didn't know that! This one is Trillium sessile. The following is from Wikipedia:
Toadshade can be distinguished from other trilliums by its single foul smelling, stalkless, flower nestled in the middle of its three leaves. The three maroon petals, maintain a "closed" posture throughout its presence, the petals are occasionally pale green. The leaves are sometimes, but not always mottled with shades of light and dark green. Its species name comes from the Latin word sessilis which means low sitting, and refers to its stalkless flower.
|Native Bleeding Heart|