A Different Rose / Bluffs: November 19, 2018

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Last week in “Hips”, I featured the Sweetbrier plant. This morning, I went early to take photos of another large rose shrub called Multiflora Rose.

The hips are small and roundish rather than the larger and more pronounced football-shape of Sweetbrier:

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

A native of eastern Asia, Multiflora Rose was long unwisely recommended for “living fences” and is now an aggressive weed in some parts of North America.

The new growth is an attractive bright green:

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

There are fewer and smaller thorns than with Sweetbrier:

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

Here are some leaves which were still hanging on:

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

Here is a picture of the flowers from last spring:

Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)

Some images of the Bluffs area as it looked on this 3 degree, sunny morning:

Most of the birds we saw were congregated around the duck pond area:

female Mallard with American Black Duck

Mallard sleeping with one eye open

Trumpeter Swan and Ring-billed Gull

or in the area where feed is put on a rock daily near the parking lot:

Dark-eyed Junco

House Sparrows

White-throated Sparrow

Red Squirrels are often in this area as well:

Red Squirrel

We did spot a Mourning Dove in the upper Bluffs area:

Mourning Dove

Miles Hearn

                                             NATURE POETRY

What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
Gerard Manley Hopkins  1844 – 1889






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