Sunday, July 24, 2011


This Cleome grows on Romig St.  Probably an escape from somebody's garden.   The limestone curb next to it is a historic relic.  Often the value of these curbstones are not realized and they are thrown away when the streets are worked on. 

A top view.  Pictures taken July 24, 2011.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wabash River July 2011

Recent dry weather is keeping the Wabash at a lower level.  This picture taken from the pedestrian bridge at Lafayette July 17, 2011.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Red capped bolete that stains blue

 A Boletus, could it be a Boletus campestris?

Stains blue when bruised.  In Stewart's Woods.  July 16, 2011.

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Friday, July 8, 2011


A colony of hairy hedge-nettle (Stachys palustris arenicola) on a sand island at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette.  Pictures taken June 6, 2011.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Osage orange

Here's an Osage orange tree (Maclura pomifera) that's been listed in the Purdue Arboretum collection.  This is on the north side of the Chemistry building. 

The arboretum marker is placed a bit far away.  The Osage orange is the tree in the background.  Pictures taken July 5, 2011.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Polyphemus moth

This battered Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) rests on the sidewalk in the West Lafayette village.  Picture taken July 3, 2011.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wabash River July 3, 2011

Strong storms and heavy rain Saturday night made the Wabash River rise to flood stage unusually quickly.  Here a silver maple tree broken by the storm floats past Lafayette, Sunday afternoon, July 3, 2011. 

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