Archive for May, 2005

Monday, May 2, 2005

A nice day with some clouds, some wind, a threat of rain–but nothing. First snail of the year. This is Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) is an invasive species. Here’s a list of edible weeds, several of which are found at Fresh Pond Reservation. Have you seen this work of art? Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is one of a number of invasive species found at Fresh Pond.

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About Mushrooms

“Mushrooms are the fruiting structure of fungi. The bulk of the fungus’ body is underground as chains of cells (hyphae) called the mycelium. The hyphae absorb nutrients and generate energy for fungal growth. After sexual reproduction occurs between hyphae from opposite mating strains a mushroom forms to produce the reproductive spores. The spores are found in the gills or pores of the mushroom. Most mushrooms belong to the Phylum Basidiomycota.”

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From: Christine L. Case

Sunday, May 1, 2005

Overcast, a little wind, threat of rain from time to time, then intermittent sunlight near the end of our walk. Clumps of grass or a family of aliens going for a walk? I take their pictures–you decide. There are four or five of these Dead Man’s Fingers sites around the pond.

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Bright and breezy. This “stuff” has shrunk since yesterday but still has the feel of stiff jello. Mushroom? This color appears to be natural. Black helicoptor over Fresh Pond. This dandelion has finally produced some flowers. Duck sleeping at post 902. Thistle is invading Fresh Pond. Caught a baby turtle at post 220. There will be 35mm pictures later.

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Cloudy then clearing. Airplane about to disappear into the clouds. Yuki is looking for someone to throw his tennis ball.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Intermittent rain and wind. Blurred sections of some images are caused by raindrops on the camera lens. Low cloud ceiling and visibility of about half a mile.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Another beautiful day. In the 70s. A pleasant breeze. Lots of fish sightings (relatively speaking). Nice clouds today along with two helicoptor pictures (see next photo enlarged). Look carefully and you can see a small turtle sitting on a log. And at post 50, ANOTHER turtle. Some first mushrooms. The three leaves are probably saying Poison Ivy.

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Monday, April 25, 2005

Very windy. Ranger Jean accompanies me during our walk around and commentary on various plants. At 1080 we have a much hacked up Kentucky Coffee Tree. Japanese Knotweed, before the leaves come out, is edible. It can be found at a number of places around the pond. Shagbark Hickory Tree at post 1249.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

64 degrees and breezy.

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