Friday, October 26, 2007


I don't like the look of the common sumac trees that grow like weeds here in NJ. This is probably Rhus glabra but I'm not certain.

But, during the fall, the sumac puts on a brilliantly colorful show and somewhat redeems itself in my eyes. It looks like the colorful pennants or streamers strung around used car lots. That association is unfortunate but I can't think of any other comparison.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

One of the last Dahlias to bloom

I took this picture from above the flower rather than the more normal head on shot which would show the stamen and style.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Million bells

Tiny flowers (1" dia.) of the Calibrachoa, Million Bells, Petunia and Lobelia 'Crystal Palace'.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Small yellow tan mushroom

Fringed Tubaria? The distinct border at the edge of the cap and the dark colored stems (the same color as the border) don't look like any mushroom in my field guide book. Several have almost the same color but no sharply demarcated edge border so I don't know what it is.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Wild morning glory

I had a pleasant surprise when I came upon this wild morning glory while filling the bird feeders. I was completely unaware of the vine so was astonished to see such a beautiful flower in a weedy patch.