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!
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.
Queen Anne’s Lace seed (David Wagner, Eugene Weekly)
London plane tree; reminds me of a paint-by-number I had as a kid.
London Plane Tree (Platanus × acerifolia)
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.
Maurice River, Leesburg, NJ, Jan 1, 2015
Boat Ramp, Thompson’s Beach Rd., Heislerville, NJ, Jan 1, 2015
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….