Monthly Archives: February 2012

Rusty Hinges

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On a recent trip to the Oregon coast, I came upon these rusty hinges. The lovely warm wash of color combined with the crackly worn appearance, compelled me to take some photos. No attempt was made to straighten or crop … Continue reading

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While walking the Oregon beaches, it is not uncommon to find several bull whip kelp that have washed up on the shore. The tangle of kelp becomes an oasis for tiny shore creatures which use it for shelter and feed … Continue reading

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Orange Jelly Fungi Provide a Feast for Springtails

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In the photo above, a large group of springtails is feeding upon an orange jelly fungus (Dacrymyces palmatus). Springtails are detritivores, which means that they consume decomposing organic matter. Other examples of detritivores include earthworms and crabs. They differ slightly … Continue reading

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Dog Lichens

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These specimens from the genus Peltigara, are known as dog lichens. There are 90 or so species of dog lichens worldwide, and 34 are common to North America. Even though recognizing the group as a whole is fairly easy, species identification is … Continue reading

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Finding Roots

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There is a creek along a dead end road about five miles from my home. The tree roots which grow along the creek’s bank are exposed by the rush of water which erodes the soil when high waters hit the area. … Continue reading

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Rock Lichens Revealed

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On the first day of 2012, I took a walk in the woods behind my house for the express purpose of finding and photographing the local lichens which grew on the trees. Later that day I wrote and posted Discovering … Continue reading

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Pacific Bleeding Heart

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There are many wonders to enjoy as I walk the trail behind my house. But one of my favorites has to be Pacific Bleeding Heart  (Dicentra formosa) which lines the path in spring and into summer. The foliage creates a soft … Continue reading

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A Tiny Rock Collection

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Like many, I had a rock collection as a kid. It was always exciting to go rock hunting and find a new specimen or two to put with the others. Although I am no longer an active collector, I still … Continue reading

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2011 in review

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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Willow Jelly Fungi

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A couple days ago, while wandering along the edge of the woods in my back yard, I came across some jellies growing on dead branches of willow trees. These fungi did not appear on any of the other trees in … Continue reading

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