Friday, June 29, 2012

Yes, we have wilderness

 Hiking in Setauket Woods, June 17, 2012
 Hundreds of acres undeveloped, thank goodness
 So if you need to get away from it all ...

 This area is just south of the old tanks
 The trail seems to go on forever
Power giants
Rusty bolts as art

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Water Hemlock in Melville Park

A highly toxic plant is flourishing beside the path that goes around Melville Pond, and within reach of any child or adult. Amazing! The striped stem is typical. This plant should be removed post haste!
Water Hemlock
Another site
Note: There is a chance that this is Water Parsnip (not poisonous), but better safe than sorry.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Spanish chestnut in bloom

 Castanea sativa
Not to be confused with the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) which was devastated by the chestnut blight. Spanish Chestnut is also called Sweet Chestnut or European Chestnut. I found this healthy specimen at the edge of a parking lot on the SUNY campus.
The serrations on the leaves are more jagged on the Spanish than on the American chestnut.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fashion-conscious pony

Resting between riders at the Caroline Country Fair

Monday, June 18, 2012

Hieroglyphics of the carpenter ant

Along the trail in Setauket Woods
Does it say Blueberries that way?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wild fruit developing in Melville Park

  Wineberries, plentiful this year

 Fox grapes


The scent of honeysuckle drenching the air

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012