Monthly Archives: April 2012

No morels, only snails

Today I poked around some local southeast Michigan hardwood forests searching for tasty morel mushrooms.  Although I’ve heard favorable reports from others, I was unable to locate any.  While digging through the damp leaf litter, however, I did find a … Continue reading

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Everglades National Park: Plant communities

At home here in southeast Michigan I’ve spent the last few years gaining a better understanding of the plant communities in my area. Although this is a heavily agricultural region, there are many pockets of various hardwood forests, savannahs, prairies, … Continue reading

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Great Egret

As a native Michigander I’ve long had a bit of disdain for most of our native birds. They’re small, jumpy, and difficult to photograph and identify. I found the even tinier and more elusive insects to be far easier to … Continue reading

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Dry Tortugas National Park

I once thought the Florida Keys ended at Key West.  That is indeed the farthest one can travel by car.  Then a few years ago I learned the Keys continue for another 67 miles, all the way to the tiny … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Jamaican feverplant

I recently came across some of these Jamaican feverplants (Tribulus cistoides, Zygophyllaceae) at the south end of Matecumbe Key in Florida.  This prostrate herb is also known as puncture vine or puncture weed because the fruit grow stiff, sharp spines. This … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Bushy seaside oxeye

Last week I came across quite a few of these bushy seaside oxeyes (Borrichia frutescens, Asteraceae) at Biscayne National Park.  Their tolerance to salt allows them to grow along the Florida coast rather than inland.  They’re also found elsewhere along the … Continue reading

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I’m Feeling a Bit Crabby

While in the Florida Keys last week I saw a ton of crabs, both true crabs and other crab-like organisms.  As a Michigander living far from the ocean, these were the first crabs I had seen in the wild.  I … Continue reading

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