Friday, June 8, 2018

OSPREY

Here are a couple of pictures of ospreys that nest in a big cypress tree at the marina in Edenton. Paul

Friday, June 1, 2018

PLANTS & FLOWERS

RIVER TRAIL

Swamp Dogwood


Thistle


Mushroons
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Button Bush





Button Bush & Water Hemlock



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SILVER SPRINGS SHORES TRAILHEAD

Aster


Goldenrod


Beauty Berry


Sassafras


Blackberry

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WILDFLOWERS

Blackroot

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Vetch ? Cowpea
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Water Hemlock
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Phlox
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Morning Glory

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Lizard Tail
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Partridge-pea

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Goat's Rue ?

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Tread Softly
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New Jersey Tea or Redroot


 

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Paw Paw



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Deer Berry or Sparkleberry
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Duckweed
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Iris
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Fringe Tree
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Swamp Dogwood
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Cyrilla  ?


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Trumpet Vine


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Butterfly Weed


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Devil's Walking Stick
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Rusty Lyonia


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Unidentified

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Greenbrier Family
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Unidentified Parsley? similar to Mock Bishop Weed

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Wild Poinsettia
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Wild Hydrangea 
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Sensitive Brier
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Leucothoe
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Papyrus 
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Bromeliaceae family
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Button Bush
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Sweetbay Magnolia
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Elderberry
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Sundrops
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Sarsaparilla Vine - Greenbrier family
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Gallberry




American Holly


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Gopher Apple (Licania)


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Hawthorn
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Friday, May 4, 2018

TENNIS

Mark took these photos in Arlington in 1980.



RETIREMENT

June 15, 2013
Comment to Ian's blog, A Wayfarers Notes

When Larry first retired we purchased a house with 14 acres of land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina. Some was open, some wooded. There were trails through the woods which crossed over to neighbors' property. Paths or trails on private property are not for public use in the US although you can legally cross another's property without trespassing. We enjoyed our woodland; in fact it kept us from hiking elsewhere as much as we might have.

But the point of this comment is that I decided to put a bench overlooking our tiny creek so that I could sit and read and enjoy the solitude in peace. As it turned out the bench never had anyone sitting on it. Since the woods were our own woods we looked after them, harvested firewood from them, and improved them. If I sat down they immediately began calling to me to clip, or pull down, or clear away, or tract down something I hadn't seen in a few days. Anyway I wanted to interact with out little ecosystem; there was no pleasure in passively observing.

Larry called our place Beulah after Blake's state where the contraries as equally true. I called it Shadowlight but it never really caught on.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

JOEL LILLY BABYLON

My Mother, Joel Lilly Babylon, was born 110 years ago today. She was photographed with me in 1937. She didn't mean to be in the picture but I wouldn't let he go. This is the prettiest picture of her that we have. Forever Grateful!

Friday, April 6, 2018

HIKES WITH PAUL

March 2018

Silver Springs State Park
Fort King Military Trail

Coehadjoe County Park
NE 35th ST

Cross Florida Trail
Marshall Swamp
Sharps Ferry Road

Ravine Gardens State Park
Palatka FL


Cross Florida Trail
Marshall Swamp Bike Trails
Baseline - Banyan Rd - Almond Rd Trailhead


Cross Florida Trail
Marshall Swamp
Baseline - Silver Springs Shores
64th Ave Rd - end - Marshall Greenway


Indian Lake State Forest
Bear-n-Oak Trail
N 36th Ave



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Lake_State_Forest

Silver Springs Shores
https://www.google.com/maps/@29.1626451,-82.0439174,15.38z