Seasonal Signs
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Dennis Curtin's journal of natural events in and around Marblehead, Massachusetts

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Salem Woods
I took a long walk through Salem Woods last weekend and much is happening. Baneberry and Marsh Marigold is in blossom and Pink Lady Slippers are getting very close.


Pink Ladyslippers with flower buds out


Baneberry blossoms


Marsh Marigold


Star-flowered false solomon's seal


Star-flowered false solomon's seal grows in large patches


Blueberry blossoms well along


First appearance of cinquefoil


Early saxifrage patch



posted by Dennis 3:43 AM
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Friday, May 07, 2004
Salem Woods
Lots is happening in Salem Woods with plants such as Marsh Marigolds, Cinquefoil, and Baneberry in blossom. The problem has been wind and bright sun, not my favorite photo weather. I'll see if things get better over the weekend, and post then, but to pay you off for this visit, here's a photo of a visitor that came home with me. To photograph him I put him in the refrigerator for an hour too slow him down.


Dog tick


posted by Dennis 7:33 AM
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Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Around and About
On Sunday I took some photos along The Path, in the Forest River, and some (the turtle and snake) on the way to Topsfield.


Leggs Hill from across the Forest River


Egret in the Forest River


Squirrel-corn along The Path in Wyman Woods, a close relative of Dutchman's Breeches


Strawberries


First celandine of the year


Sweet white violet


Painted lady butterfly


Painted turtle seen crossing the road


Northern water snake (four feet long at least), along the road


posted by Dennis 6:03 AM
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Salem Woods
A Saturday morning walk through Salem woods turned up a few new things such as columbine in bloom everywhere, pink lady slippers pushing up through the leaf litter, poison ivy leaves emerging, jack-in-the-pulpit in all it's glory, and blueberries starting to blossom. There were also some old friends that I photographed from new angles, showing them against a backdrop of the forest where they live.


Columbine


Jack-in-the-pulpit


Poison ivy leaves coming out


Pink lady slipper emerging from forest floor


Blueberries starting to blossom


Early Saxifrage


Bluets


Wood anemone


Baneberry very early


posted by Dennis 5:39 AM
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