Category Archives: flora


Fallen Tree Smells of Licorice

Last fall or early winter, a good-sized spruce near the trail fell over in Totem Park. It caught my attention today when I walked by and noticed the smell of licorice. I think it’s from the rotting wood, but I … Continue reading

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Starrigavan Recreation Area

I don’t walk around at Starrigavan too often, but today took some time to look at plants (and also caught a small as yet unidentified moth which I photographed later). I didn’t realize how common Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis) is … Continue reading

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Evening Outing

This morning’s walk didn’t yield any photos, though I did see 5 yellowlegs – I thought a mix of Greater and Lesser, but I didn’t see them well enough to be sure. However, I did not find yesterday evening’s Black-bellied … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

Yesterday I noticed quite a few gulls at Swan Lake (many Thayer’s Gulls in particular) as well as numerous gulls near the base of O’Connell bridge. I suspected an influx of migrants, but regrettably did not think to take a … Continue reading

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Kamenoi Point to Mountain Point

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Mushrooms on Bear Mountain

Weather was mostly clear today while out on a walk along the lower slopes of Bear Mountain. I heard flocks of geese flying over and noticed a few song birds among alders and other brushy areas. These included the first … Continue reading

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