Winter Botany at Col. Sam Smith Park: December 2021

Usually I only take a long lens to Col Sam Smith Park knowing that there will be many birds to photograph. For a change, I decided to focus on plants during today’s visit.

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Thornless Honey Locust (Gleditsia triancanthos f. inermis)
Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

MYSTERY PLANT I will identify it at the end of the post.

Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Red Pine (Pinus resinosa)
Silver Maple (Acer sachharinum)
Cat-tail (Thypha)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Mealy Rosette Lichen
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Sour Cherry (Prunus cerasus)

MYSTERY PLANT

Brilliant red, this one is Red-osier Dogwood.

Red-osier (Cornus sericea)

MAILBOX

Saw these tracks in the snow today near a cottage on Salmon Lake north of Fenelon Falls.

I said they look pretty big – maybe wild turkeys. He said there are a lot of them and they seem to be walking in circles. I said they must be ground feeders then. Not really being able to gauge the size from the picture I started wondering about mourning doves but they’re usually only in pairs not groups. Then he finally caught up to them.

My first instinct was correct – wild turkeys. He was amazed at how big they are. 

NATURE POETRY

Fetched a cake fer little Jake, 
And fetched a pie fer Nanny, 
And fetched a pear fer all the pack 
That runs to kiss their Granny!              – James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916)

Miles Hearn

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