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It snowed today!

I love snow. I had to enjoy viewing it from the windows at work all day, then, just before sunset I was able to get outside for a few photos.

What a beautiful snowfall, outlining all the trees and making it seem possible to see far into the forest and look for bird nests.

I found plenty of “bird’s nests” of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota). The nicely snow-capped dried flower heads reminded me of cotton bolls, the fluffy white heads of cotton plants. Neither plant is native to South Jersey, but I do enjoy the pretty white flowers of Queen Anne’s Lace in summer. Also called wild carrot, it is edible, and nutritious. But be careful, it closely resembles Poison Hemlock!

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If you look closer at the of the dried flower, you can see the seeds which are covered in hooked spines. One flower umbel can produce 3,000 seeds.

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Queen Anne’s Lace seed (David Wagner, Eugene Weekly)

London plane tree; reminds me of a paint-by-number I had as a kid.

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London Plane Tree (Platanus × acerifolia)

~Elizabeth

Day 2

Good morning! I have to admit, I am excited about being a “blogger”.  So much to learn! When I said that I wanted to look closer, at nature, and share my findings…I didn’t realize at the time how much I was going to first have to learn about using a blog and my new camera!  Already today I have had two important lessons.

First, I left the house this morning to photograph the sunrise only to discover that I had left my (what I have since learned is an undersized, supposedly less than ideal) memory card at home! Had it been in the camera I would only have kind things to say about it.

Secondly, I had to learn how to find my own blog on the internet. Who knew it could be so tricky. Navigating the blog site is tricky, too. But, if I had waited to become an expert, I never would have jumped off this virtual bridge.

Here are two pics from yesterday afternoon, New Years Day. It was a beautiful day. 41°F with streaks of clouds in a bright sky. Everything was wide expanses of golden and silver marsh meadows along deep blues of water and icy blues of the sky, splashed with cedar green.

~Elizabeth

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Maurice River, Leesburg, NJ, Jan 1, 2015

 

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Boat Ramp, Thompson’s Beach Rd., Heislerville, NJ, Jan 1, 2015

 

New Year, New Day

Happy New Year and welcome to my new endeavor!

For years I have wanted to make a journal of a year of my nature pics, experiences, observations, and studies. This is the year! Rather than keeping my journal privately stored away in my computer, I am choosing to be modern and utilize a blog. I have never before written a blog.

I will attempt to capture in photographs the natural area surrounding where I live- river, marshes, and bayside- as it changes throughout the year. And, as is my habit, I will look closer, with my eyes and heart, camera, books, or internet, and share what I discover.

I have already learned today that creating a blog can apparently also help me be more organized and disciplined with my day, better articulate my thoughts, and more intentionally live my life. Wow. This year will bring me a closer look at myself as well.

So, here goes…. I’m heading out to check out the marsh and river on this first day of looking closer….

~Elizabeth