Monthly Archives: August 2011

Random Plant: Hedge false bindweed

The morning glory family (Convolvulacae) contains hundreds of species around the globe, and dozens in the United States.  Here it seems most are restricted to the southern part of the country, but several are widely distributed.  One of these common … Continue reading

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Doe. A deer. Many female deer. And fawns too.

While out in the Hocking Hills region of southeast Ohio two weeks ago, my wife and I saw a ton of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus, Cervidae) along the winding tree-lined roads.  In the course of three days we probably saw … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Giant Trees at Sequoia National Park and Muir Woods National Monument

In one day in central California I managed to see both the largest tree species on earth and the tallest tree species on earth.  The largest trees are the giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum, Cupressaceae), and these mammoths are most easily … Continue reading

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Kings Canyon National Park: An exciting confluence of biology, geology, and sheer beauty

While out on a recent business trip to California’s Central Valley, my business partner and I found time to make quick trips to several of the local national parks.  After hitting Yosemite on the first day, we completed our work … Continue reading

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A Four-Hour Whirlwind Tour of Yosemite National Park

Last week I went out on business to California’s Central Valley and found myself within two hours of Yosemite National Park.  After completing work one day my business partner and I drove out and saw as much as we could … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Luna moth

My wife and I recently revisited the Hocking Hills region of southeast Ohio.  As is the custom we stayed in one of the abundant rental cabins, and one morning we were met with this luna moth (Lepidoptera:  Saturniidae:  Actias luna) … Continue reading

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The biggest toadstool EVER (that I’ve seen…)

While hiking the two-mile round trip trail through Ohio’s Rockbridge State Nature Preserve this weekend, it was hard to miss this enormous mushroom about fifty feet away.  I’m not very familiar with the kingdom Fungi, but I know a gigantic … Continue reading

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