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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The 120's!

fig. 121: down near the playground, a yellow poplar, or 'tuliptree' drops its magnificent fruit.

fig. 120: the vernal equinox has some amazing effects on the plant kingdom.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The hundreds!!

fig. 119: As the snow melts in spring, forgotten gems appear.

fig. 118: Frequently, the last leaf to fall is the most colorful.

fig. 117: A sea of red fungus spreads over this green leaf.

fig. 115: Unknown leaf preparing for the gray months ahead.

fig. 116: Some fungi live in harmony with their host, in this case, a large, leathery maple leaf.

fig. 113: Some yellow poplar leaves develop faux thorns to repel predators.

fig. 105: Leaves of the Anglerfish tree resemble the teeth of the eponymous fish.

fig. 104: Black walnut leaves are more colorful than those of their cousin, the English walnut.

fig. 103: occasionally, leaves fall all the way from the sky.

fig. 102: in parts of Cape Cod, polka dots are de rigeur.

fig. 101: skate egg case with O'Connor's zebratitis.

fig. 107: After the holidays are over, poinsettias find fresh ways to stay festive.

fig. 106: Some leaves revel in their imperfections, filling in cracks with gold.

fig. 114: Unidentified leaf preparing for the gray months ahead.

fig. 112: Rare leaf on leaf interaction caught on camera.

fig. 110: Black walnuts hide their poison behind bright decorations.

fig. 109: A branch of the rainbow tree in early spring.

fig. 108: One can never truly know what's on the inside of another walnut.

fig. 111: Black walnut leaves from Woodstock let their "freak flags fly."

Saturday, January 19, 2013

99, one hundred.

fig. 100: brassica mel mellis produces a sweet nectar on the edges of its leaves.

fig. 99: a fresh bloom of the "exploding rainbow" flower.

Monday, August 27, 2012

2 til a hundred

fig. 98: faux pixels on the leaf of a river birch.

fig. 97: a leaf begins the process of blending into its background.

fig. 96: dead limbs never blink.

fig. 95: some oak leaves self-censor.

fig. 94: a Spanish influence can be seen in some leaves' autumnal markings.

fig. 93: leaves of the japanese maple have been used as hypnosis aides for millenia.

fig. 92: certain mosses secrete a pheromone that reacts beautifully with maple leaves

fig. 91: certain mosses secrete a pheromone that reacts beautifully with maple leaves

fig. 90: it's said that if you arrange the leaves of the bluepoint tree in a circle, you will attract true love. 

 fig. 88: snake leaves portend a long, hard winter.

fig. 89: lower branch of the rouge tree

fig. 87: leaf of the bullseye maple

fig. 86: an evergreen's pine cone with fall foliage envy

fig. 85: flowers of the rose of sharon tree are natural show-offs.

fig. 84: stripes syndrome as seen on dead Mountain Laurel leaves

fig. 83: Queen Anne's lace with daisy envy.

fig. 82: dying leaves of house plants still retain a strong memory of their past glory

Friday, July 20, 2012

Decorating nature on boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris

fig. 81: spectrumcirculitis on a London plane tree outside Paris' Faculté de Médecin.

fig. 80: one of the more tastefully turned out trees of Paris' boulevard Saint-Germain

fig. 79: occasionally, a tree will wear its grain on the outside.

fig. 78: some sections of bark succumb to garishitis, not too common on Paris' plane trees.

fig. 77: some trees highlight their fertility right on their trunks.

fig. 76: écailles des poisson syndrome on platanus x acerifolia

fig. 75: white stripes visit Paris.

fig. 74: A Paris plane tree sports the latest fashion.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Decorating nature

fig. 73: a maple key with cartoonitus.

fig. 72: white-dot fungi fill every surface of a tree stump.

fig. 71: the tequila sunrise tree drops very happy leaves.

fig. 70: a locust seed pod adopts a snake pattern, probably to discourage attack by seed eating birds.

fig. 69: old-timers claim that counting the rings on peach leaves in fall predicts how many peaches you'll get next season.

fig. 68: some stones "blue up" when the water gets cold.

fig. 67: the winged burning bush marks its leaves for exfoliation.

fig. 65: peak foliage is not always found on the trees.

fig. 64: blue bursts portend a long winter.

fig. 63: the rare "Sunset scallop" is purported to cure narcolepsy if put under the pillow of the afflicted.

fig. 56: not normally associated with seasonal transformations, some stream-side stones actually will begin to pixellate in late autumn/early winter.

fig. 61: On Fire Island, the Pines drop some very colorful cones.

fig. 59: horizontal stripes are very slimming.

fig. 55: certain leaves pay tribute to fallen friends with tattoos.
(individual leaves from this small series can be seen by clicking here.)

fig. 58: yellow remembers orange.

fig. 54: some evergreens are not.

fig. 53: spiralchetes infest a redbud leaf.

fig. 62: scientists are baffled as to why blue spots appear on beach stones and shells.

fig. 52: it's not unusual for leaves to overcompensate for their inherent blandness.

fig. 51: rare and valuable seed pods of the money plant, lunaria annua.

fig. 57: gingko leaves are individually beautiful but collectively stunning.

fig. 60: on some beaches, symbiosis does not always go hand in hand with mutualism.