Category Archives: Non-Refuge

25 April 2017 – Forget-me-not or not – Part 2 – SUCCESS!

Last time we attempted to identify a Forget-Me-Not that was found growing in Oldtown Elkridge. (Click here to see the first part of the story.) After looking at the key, we narrowed the possibilities down to three species – Myosotis … Continue reading

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16 April 2017 – Mollusks Galore

This time we diverge from looking at plants. On our hike on the Butterfly Trail at Lock # 30, Erie Canal, Macedon, New York, we found at least four mollusks. In the first picture, you can see the “beach” where … Continue reading

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14 April 2017 – Forget-me-not or not – Part 1

Let’s have some fun here.  This time, we will focus on the difficulty in identifying the species of plants. I found a large patch of plants next to a parking area in “Oldtown” Elkridge. It was obvious to me that they … Continue reading

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Bottlebrush Buckeye – Aesculus parviflora – 24 May 2016

On the way home from work today, I took a bunch of pictures of two established colonies of Aesculus parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye) near our home. One of them was in the middle of someone’s lawn and the other one was in … Continue reading

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13 June 2015 – Memorial Rose – Rosa wichuraiana

About 15 years ago, I spotted two colonies of white roses across the street from our house. They were not the Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) which had already mostly finished because blooming, and this rose was in its prime.   … Continue reading

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11 June 2015 – Devil’s Tongue – Opuntia humifusa

This afternoon, I took a quick jaunt out to Lake Allen to take some pictures of the Devil’s Tongue, a type of prickly pear that is found on the Refuge. Devil’s Tongue’s is also known as Eastern Prickly Pear and … Continue reading

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19 May 2015 – Common Snapping Turtle

This morning a common snapping turtle was trying to cross the road in front of our house. I believe this was a female in search of a nesting site, and could be the same one we saw on our driveway … Continue reading

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13 May 2015 – Swamp doghobble – Eubotrys racemosa

Swamp doghobble (Eubotrys racemosa (L.) Nutt.) is a member of the Ericaceae (Heath Family) and is native in the USA along the Coastal Plain from Massachusetts to Florida to Texas. It lives in various habitats such as savannas, forests, and … Continue reading

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6 August 2014 – Wild Cactus Discovered in Spokane County

Today while driving out of town (Spokane) I spotted something that looked out of place off to the left. It was several clumps of orangish colored vegetation on a basalt rock outcropping. No way! It looked like it could be … Continue reading

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5 August 2014 – Wooly leaf lupine

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27 June 2013 – Eastern American Toad

While weeding our garden, my wife Becky spotted a welcome friend, an Eastern American Toad (Bufo americanus americanus).  Eastern American Toads are frequently found around human habitations throughout the eastern part of North America.  They serve a good purpose because … Continue reading

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20 April 2013 – Osprey Sighting

I drove out to Lake Allen to see what was going on and noticed a large bird flying over the water looking for something. It had its legs and talons extended. Upon closer examination, it was an osprey. I grabbed … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Giant White Wakerobin

The Giant White Wakerobin (Trillium albidum J.D. Freeman) is member of the Melanthiaceae (Bunchflower Family) that is endemic to a limited area of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. It is found in mixed wood and coniferous forests at elevations up … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Licorice Fern Growing on Moss-covered Bigleaf Maples

One of the most fascinating things about the Bellevue Botanical Garden were the Licorice Ferns (Polypodium glycyrrhiza D.C. Eaton) growing on trees. It seems to prefer the Bigleaf Maple, like the ones I took pictures of here. It is an … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Trillium-leaved Woodsorrel

The Trillium-leaved Woodsorrel (Oxalis trilliifolia Hook.) is one of three endemic woodsorrels found in the Pacific Northwest. It naturally occurs west of the Cascade Crest in Washington, Oregon, and California. There are a few outlying populations in Eastern Oregon. It … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Chain Gutter Downspout at Bellevue Botanical Garden

I have not seen a chain gutter downspout before. I thought this one at the Tateuchi Viewing Pavilion in the Bellevue Botanical Garden was cool-looking. A couple of the pictures turned out okay, but the doggone camera thought it was … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Giant Purple Wakerobin

The Giant Purple Wakerobin (Trillium kurabayashii J.D. Freeman) is a rare plant that is endemic to the coastal areas of Southeast Oregon and extreme Northwest California. They can form large colonies. These pictures were taken in the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Long-tailed Ginger

The Long-tailed Ginger (Asarum caudatum Lindl.) is a mat-forming evergreen plant that grow  in moist places on forest floors. It  naturally occurs in two separate regions in the Pacific Northwest. One region is west of the Cascade crest from SW … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Moss-covered Trees

In the tradition of Western Washington, a larger number of the trees growing in the Bellevue Botanical Garden were covered with moss and lichens. The mild climate and relatively heavy rainfall makes for healthy moss growing conditions. As thick as … Continue reading

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6 April 2013 – Western Oakfern

The Western Oakfern (Gymnocarpium dryopteris (L.) Newman), also called the Common Oak Fern or Northern Oak Fern is a fern of the family Polypodiaceae. Its natural range is widespread and circumboreal, occurring throughout Canada, Alaska, the Northern two tiers of … Continue reading

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