2014/07/19

Paulownia tomentosa

Filed under: environment,flora — WmX @ 09:24

Paulownia_tomentosa
Summer in the City.

It is tolerant of pollution and it is not fussy about soil type. For this reason it functions ecologically as a pioneer plant. Its nitrogen-rich leaves provide good fodder and its roots prevent soil erosion. Eventually, Paulownia is succeeded by taller trees that shade it. It cannot thrive in the shade of other trees.
Paulownia is in honour of the Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, with tomentosa being derived from the Latin meaning ‘covered in hairs’–Wikipedia

2014/07/07

Asimina triloba

Filed under: flora — WmX @ 00:31

paw paw
Walked three miles downstream on the left bank of the Rivanna under close to continuous tree canopy, there are many paw paw trees in the understory.

2013/11/24

quercus rubra

Filed under: flora — WmX @ 09:09

oak leaves against the sky
Walked up Monticello to visit Andy, Ginna, Carroll and V. Today is our day. Rejoice and be glad in it.

2013/11/18

bird walk

Filed under: fauna,fishbones,flora — WmX @ 01:29

Corvus brachyrhynchos
Went for a short morning walk along the Rivanna with people that know birds. They heard or saw white throated sparrows, carolina wrens, tufted titmouse, a fish crow, american crows, a bald eagle, mallards, canada geese, a red shouldered hawk, cardinals, mockingbirds, a ruby crowned kinglet, downy woodpecker, a pileated woodpecker, a red fox, hermit thrush, bluebird, yellow-rumped warbler, raven, sparrow, white-breasted nuthatch, goldfinch, song sparrow, Carolina chickadee, flicker, red-bellied woodpecker, catbird, robin, towhee, starlings.
I saw runners and unidentified flying objects.
The dog walkers are still leaving bags of dog dung on the side of the trail. People too precious to carry the load while they walk.

2013/10/11

Platanus × acerifolia

Filed under: flora — WmX @ 09:15

delimbed
This London Plane tree didn’t get the memo, wasn’t aware that it was declining/dead.

2013/08/25

scheduled for removal

Filed under: flora,signs — WmX @ 00:08

short listed
{3:1} To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
{3:2} A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;
{3:3} A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
{3:4} A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
{3:5} A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
{3:6} A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; {3:7} A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
{3:8} A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.-Ecclesiastes

2013/08/24

Nymphaeaceae

Filed under: flora — WmX @ 07:59

water lily

water lily – an aquatic plant of the family Nymphaeaceae.
The water-lily has a special place in Tamil poetics, where it is considered symbolic of the grief of separation; it is considered to evoke imagery of the sunset, the seashore and the shark.–Wikipedia

2013/08/03

canopy

Filed under: flora — WmX @ 09:11

under the canopy
3,800-acre tract of publicly owned virgin forest in Graham County, North Carolina, named in memory of Joyce Kilmer, best known for his poem “Trees”.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Joyce Kilmer

2013/07/16

Pines in situ and repurposed

Filed under: flora,slabtown — WmX @ 08:22

pine trees and power poles

2013/06/02

Marmota monax in clover

Filed under: fauna,flora — WmX @ 09:41


Clover (Trifolium), or trefoil, is a genus of about 300 species of plants in the leguminous pea family Fabaceae.–Wikipedia

The challenge, gaining access to a tomato plant in a welded wire enclosure in a raised bed.

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