20180613-14 Blooms, pollinators, turtles and oyster mushrooms

Here are samples of what was seen from the car along Hwy 529 and Riverside Road…

A Mallard drake keeps an eye open while drying after a swim …

Snapping turtle along the roadside on Riverside Rd…

Bunch of Pink Ladyslippers on my former property, seen from the road, but missed by most folks …

A different view of an Ox Eye Daisy …

Orange hawkweed up close.  To get closer, click on the image…

Maianthemum canadense (Canadian may-lily, Canada mayflower, false lily-of-the-valley, Canadian lily-of-the-valley, wild lily-of-the-valley, Two-leaved Solomonseal) in the rain ….

Cornus canadensis (Canadian dwarf cornel, Canadian bunchberry, quatre-temps, crackerberry, creeping dogwood) ….

This Oyster mushroom is fruiting on a dead Aspen.  The Aspen has been dead for several years.  The little black beetles on the gills are characteristic and help to id this choice edible mushroom.  Friends are cultivating Pleurotus ostreatus and, in addition to harvesting some, will use these to strengthen their culture.  The visitor on the cap below is a bonus….


This Canada Anemone blossom is near the end of its days, soon to be replaced by another one in bud.  The sharp leaves are characteristic and a good id clue …

Dave and Maureen’s beach on a misty day ….

I think that this is an ambush spider — with some spider web to help….

Apocynum cannabinum (dogbane, amy root, hemp dogbane, prairie dogbane, Indian hemp, rheumatism root, or wild cotton) is starting to bloom.

They are great attractors of pollinators including a large variety of butterflies.  However it is difficult to photograph visitors as their stays are momentary…

The plant serves as a larval host for the Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris diffinis, and Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe, moths. These moths are pollinators that resemble small hummingbirds.”

A grass skipper on a fernleaf …

Harris checkerspot resting on a Canada Anemone petal…

Claude Monet (1840-1926) would’ve liked this yellow pond lily against the reflections off of the rippled water…

The domed, speckled shell and bright underchin positively identifies this turtle as a Blanding’s.



Emerald Euphoria Beetle

Mid-June Flowers in New Hampshire


3 thoughts on “20180613-14 Blooms, pollinators, turtles and oyster mushrooms

    • Thank you! I must admit that I am quite partial to Claude Monet
      “From 1883 Monet lived in Giverny, where he purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. In 1899 he began painting the water lilies, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature, and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years of his life.”
      I suspect that we see is influenced by the art that we’ve enjoyed.

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