Saturday, February 22, 2014

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rose mallow in winter

Rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos or Hibiscus laevis.

At the edge of Coot Slough in Celery Bog Park.  Far away at the other side of the ice-covered slough is the Purdue Golf Course.  A few years ago the golf course management destroyed a line of trees along the edge of the slough.  As consolation a few new trees were planted nearby, some of these small trees can be seen in the background of the picture. Pictures taken January 25, 2014.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012


A bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) hides motionless in the vegetation. In the Celery Bog Park wetland just south of Cumberland Ave.  I noticed this bird while passing by but wasn't sure that it was a bird and not another piece of vegetation until I stopped to get a good look at it. 

 It didn't move a bit for a few seconds, here is a closer picture of it.

Then it moved into this position and froze motionless again. Pictures taken Oct. 28, 2012.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Leopard frog

Waiting to finish crossing the trail, a Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) at Celery Bog Park,  Photos taken October 14, 2012.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sassafras fall colors - 2012

Sassafras trees are one of the first kinds of tree to turn color in the fall, The colorful trees in this picture are sassafras, notice the other trees in the scene still bear the green of summer.  This is along the trail just south of Lindberg Road and Celery Bog Park.  Pictures taken October 4, 2012.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bottle gentian

Gentiana andrewsii (Bottle gentian) at Ross Hills County Park, along the trail that parallels the Wabash River.

Picture taken Sept. 29, 2012.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Coprinopsis picacea

Coprinopsis picacea mushrooms, under a hackberry tree at Ross Hills County Park.  Picture taken Sept. 29, 2012.

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