Monthly Archives: October 2011

Plant Quiz – Monday’s Clue

Even in black and white, the spikelets are distinctive.  What plant is this?
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Nature Quiz – Here’s the Answer

On a scale of 1 to 5, if you said I was a green dragonfly, give yourself 1 point.  If you said I was a female Eastern Pondhawk, give yourself 5 points.
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Oil Can as a Cultural Artifact

Here is a quiz for the archeologists and/or cultural artifact fans in the audience.  Is this indeed an “oil can” or did it have some other purpose and function? It is interesting how the entire bottom is gone but the bottom rim seems to be still pretty much intact.  Presumably the bottom would be made... Continue reading »
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Nature Quiz – Wednesday’s Clue

I am a green, flying mosquito eater.  What is my name?
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Pileated Woodpecker Courtship Ritual (?) in September

On a Saturday in September 2010 as I walked to my mailbox in Eufaula, Alabama, I heard and then saw two pileated woodpeckers as they crossed the street and flew into a neighbor’s yard.  The calls were a loud and strident version of “typical” pileated vocalizations and they attracted my attention.             Just as I... Continue reading »
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Nature Quiz – Monday’s Clue

I have four wings held horizontally when at rest.  What am I?
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Notes from the Swing Doodle Swing

The solar eclipse is over for today.  As I sat in the old wooden swing, the sun was positioned just right to be blocked by the big pine tree.  Thus for a few moments I had my own personal solar eclipse as the pine tree shadow shaded me from the sun.             Chickadees were scolding,... Continue reading »
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Plant of the Week Identified – Friday’s View

The plant for this week is Southern Wild Rice (Zizaniopsis miliacea).  My personal common name for this species is Ordinary High Water Grass.  It seems to grow at normal pool levels in man-made reservoirs (e.g., note the thick growth of the tan grass in today’s photo) and in oxbow lakes which are disconnected from Ole... Continue reading »
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Curb Lichens

Although I am not very good at identifying lichens, I do find them interesting.  On an overcast, intermittently rainy day, these curb lichens seemed to be a good subject for a photo.             How old are these lichens?  How long has this curb been here?  What does this lichen growth say about the air quality... Continue reading »
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Plant Quiz – Wednesday’s View

A somewhat similar plant in a different genus grows in many wetlands of the northern US, but that plant is apparently a regular producer of seeds which are eaten by waterfowl and by people.
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