Posts made in November, 2012

Trees: Beautiful Bones

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in adaptations, fall, plant parts, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

I love November. Bare, brown, sparse, uncluttered. The gorgeous October foliage is long gone, crumpled underfoot. As one of my favorite writers, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, said, “Now let us see the bones, the beautiful bones of the trees.” The pattern of branches against the sky is a thing beloved of artists and photographers. Severe simple beauty. But the pattern isn’t accidental. It’s filled with purpose. Every inch of branch and twig grew as it did for a reason. Sun. A tree can’t live without sun to power its inner food-factory. So it has to expend a lot of energy to grow structures that hold...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Uncategorized, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Thanks to Tim Steele for this photo. 

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Guest Photographer Zach Baldwin

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in fall, photos, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Many thanks to Zach Baldwin for this lovely photograph. The warm reds and browns of an autumn day. The sharp narrow beak on this bird probably isn’t good for eating these big berries–I suppose the bird (a warbler?) was taking shelter here. (And I have no idea what the shrub is!!)  

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Common Mullein: The Vertical Garden

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in adaptations, fall, plant parts, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

The Schoharie Creek, at the bridge in Burtonsville, NY. So mild-mannered now, a calm little rural river minding its own business. But every now and then this quiet stream goes berserk and floods like crazy, toppling trees and destroying houses. They built this new bridge high for a reason. Anyway, here’s the old bridge, or at least the remains of it. I’m not sure if it washed away in a flood many years ago, or if it was dismantled when they build the new bridge. But the remnants of the stonework have become a really interesting place to look for plants. A vertical garden. The...

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Goldenrod: Fill Up the Feeders

Posted by on Nov 15, 2012 in fall, plant parts, Uncategorized, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 2 comments

So where’s the seed already? The birds are waiting… (Thanks to Wells Horton for this lovely photo of an impatient customer.) Personally, I don’t do bird feeders. My resident birder does, but not me. I’m just too darn lazy to get out there on a cold morning and lug pounds of sunflower seed and do battle with the squirrels. I prefer to let someone else do the work. Like the goldenrod plants. At the edge of my yard is a meadow full of birdseed. Goldenrod, no longer golden but brown and crisp. A few asters are in there, too, and grasses...

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