Monday, September 29, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The leaves are just barely starting to change colors. I did see that the winterberries are out. It's the pics on here. Winterberry is one of my enemy shrubs since I have a hard time identifying it without the berries. I did prevail once this summer but only after I had exhausted my mental database of all possible shrub candidates. Luckily the list was short that day and I feel like I might be getting a better handle on identifying it sans berries.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Here it is forming a mat over other shrubs and plants.
Here's tall sunflower, which was a new find for us. It was one of the only pleasant plants at the site.
Here's a more pleasant invasive plant called porcelain berry, but the devil's tearthumb has draped itself over it. At least the berries look like those easter malt balls.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The drive back on the highway was less precarious but we saw numerous accidents. I guess a lot of people just had to check out the vegetated median the hard way. The middle lane proved to be the best bet with the least flooding and just far enough away from the water wings caused by the 18-wheelers of opposing traffic.
The worst of the storm was supposed to hit overnight but by 9 pm almost all was quiet. Were we in the eye of the storm or perhaps a band had just passed? Nope. The storm was over and by 10 pm it wasn't raining anywhere in NJ.
The next morning we headed to the swamp to see how the critters were enjoying the new water following parched conditions. Almost immediately we heard the telltale sound of an another frog being eaten by a water snake. Not again!!!! We just saw that last weekend. But the rest of the critters were happily cruising around in the water where it just been a mud pool a week ago. The flowing duckweed proved to be mesmorizing in the ever changing swirls.
Even the squirrels were enjoying the bounties of the storm. The funny thing is that if you had asked if it had rained the day before, I probably would have said No. The ground had been so dry that it immediately soaked up the inches of new rain.
The tickseed sunflowers are out in full bloom all along the roads.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Here's some goldenrod. It's not ragweed contrary to my mother says. She singlehandedly removed all goldenrod from their yard and surrounding area, because my mother was convinced it was some sort of allergy weed. It's not! Poor goldenrod!