These are wonderful, colorful pictures! I learned several things from this post, including what those messy, overgrown weeds are in our backyard -- poke berry plants. I've cut some and put them in flower arrangements, eating a couple berries along the way...that's not going to happen anymore...
A plethora of pics: remnants of September
Submitted by JIM NIGRO on October 4, 2013 - 7:21am
From beginning to end, September was a great month to be outdoors. Apple trees already heavy-laden with fruit were showing deep hues of red.
This conjunction of a waxing crescent moon and Venus was visible in the early evening early in September.
Further downstream this woodland waterway entered a meadow, there the stream widened and was thick with submerged vegetation.....a favorite haunt of dragonflies that feed on aquatic insects and other tiny bugs.
This is guy is called a Half-banded Toper....
Don't know how it was so-named but I really like the deep red color.
The gossamer wings of a Jagged-edged Saddlebag
The markings along its abdomen are no doubt the "saddlebags."
This leopard frog lives in a damp, grassy section of the meadow, less than a stone's throw from where the stream exits the woods. He needs to lay low, as seen here, for this is also the hunting ground of a Great Blue heron.
Judging from its color phase, this leopard frog spends less time in the tall grass.
Smaller than a Concord grape and somewhat tart, wild grapes are edible and do make a great jam.
Poke berries, on the other hand, should be avoided.
Hawthorn guards the entrance to a woodland trail in Genesee County Park.
A wooly bear catepillar, a seasonal harbinger, checks out a leaf in the roadway of Genesee County Park.
Already deep red, these maple leaves, like the wooly bear, are an early indication that autumn is well under way.
Fall asters are prolific in our local outdoors -- and they really add color to the countryside.
Oh oh whats that thing about the Wooly Bears and predicting the severity of winter? Lets hope more Black means mild winter and more Brown means cold!!
Are poke berries the same as "choke cherries?" Seems I recall that from years past. Good for the birds, so I've heard. Billie ~ eww. Ha.
Sept. was a beautiful month indeed ~ great shots, Jim. We sure learn a lot from you.
Thanks & hope you & Claudia have a great weekend!
A wealth of information ~ who needs Google when you have Jim Nigro?! Yea!
Jim, those walnuts are dropping like crazy and the yard looks like it's full of limes, that's how big they are. I really would like to make something with them and one of my old cookbooks has a recipe for bread as well as pie. But I'm still daunted by what steps need to be taken to make them useful.
Is this right? I should gather them up and put them in my Florida room on something flat, like a big cookie sheet, and wait until they dry out and turn black, then peel away the skin and crush the nuts open?
Nice photos again Jim-how do you get so close to the insects without them flying away,or is just a good zoom lens? I remember you saying something about white birds at the Duck Pond on Albion Rd(the marsh/water you see from the pull off)-it looks like theres 30-50 white birds in the water in the afternoon when I go by there-what kind are they?
Your question brought back a flood of memories. As a child one of the earlest memories I have is my Father crushing walnuts by placing them on a tarp and running them over with the family car. The job us kids had was picking up the nuts once they were seperated from the hulks. Those walnut stains were not easy to remove from ones hands. But we had walnuts to eat all Winter.
Black walnuts must be as tough as macadamia nuts if an automobile running over them is a preferred method of cracking them. I have so many of black walnuts that may be the tact I'll take.
Great pictures Jim. A true sportsmens favorite time of year. Happy Fall. God Bless.