Saturday, September 23, 2017

Leaves of Some Things Other than Grass


It's the season we most associate with leaves again, though of course they don't all fall or change to spectacular colors worth ooh-ing and ah-ing about even and some are present on at least some plants outside in all the seasons. While none of the leaves pictured here are edibles and the spurge pictured above will actually release a poisonous, milky sap when cut that people can be highly allergic too, in a real way our lives are dependent on these leaves and the oxygen they provide.


That's kind of a heavy thought I guess, how important leaves actually are for people. And then when you think of how beautiful and varied they can also be, well it's enough to kind of knock you out, isn't it?


Friday, September 22, 2017

Bright Sun and Bright Yellow Honey Locust Leaves on the Autumnal Equinox


Clear skies and honey locusts were a welcome sight this morning, after a spell of gray and unsettled weather, and seemed perfectly timed for the first day of fall.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Aristocrat of Fungi--Amanita


After less rain than expected following the recent hurricane, at my feet this morning I found something that looks like it belongs in the dictionary as a picture next to the word mushroom.  I'm pretty sure it's an Amanita, which I have just learned was referred to as the aristocrat of fungi in a book published on American fungi over a century ago. Going beyond genus though is way beyond my mushroom identification skills.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Black-eyed Susan's at Summer's End


The Black-eyed Susan's at summers end are more black-eyed than yellow-petaled, but still worth stopping beside for a minute or two.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Almost Autumn in New York


According to the calendar, fall will begin this Friday but the weather forecast for New York indicates that summery weather will continue to prevail for a bit. In the canopy, some leaves and trees are already changing as the daylight hours continue dwindling.

It's almost Autumn again in New York.