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February 2011

Durham, NC  2/27/11

Male Red Maple flowers        

Durham, NC  2/26/11

Female Red Maple flowers.  This tree seemed to have nothing but, while another Red Maple next to it had nothing but male flowers. Winged Elm female flowers, producing fruit Part of a Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)male catkin, Durham, NC.  This structure gradually unfolds (lengthens, really), exposing the anthers.    

Durham, NC  2/25/11

One of the few fresh Winged Elm flowers left, with pink anthers Winged Elm flowers: here the anthers have turned brown. Winged Elm flowers, again past their prime    

Durham, NC  2/24/11

Common Chickweed Male Red Maple flowers Common Dandelion    

Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, NC  2/21/11

Speedwells Boxelder Bug Rockcress Marsh beetle (Cyphon genus, Scirtidae family).  ID thanks to Brad Barnd.  


Durham, NC  2/21/11

Male Red Maple flower Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) Rockcress Speedwells  

Ebenezer Church Recreational Area, Chatham County, NC  2/20/11

Main area, near beach, bathrooms and parking lot.  The white mass is thousands of feathers, presumably from Ring-billed Gulls. A close-up view of some feathers The rainbow-colored pond in the woods Male Red Maple flowers  

Durham, NC  2/19/11

Male Red Maple flowers, fallen from a tree  

Highway 64, Milepost 491, 2/19/11

This was about 20 miles east of Rocky Mount, Nash County, NC.

Tundra Swans, seen from a moving car.  If you click on this thumbnail, you can see that they are big white birds with black bills.  Trust me, I got a better view than this rather crummy photo! Close-up of the Tundra Swans on the left.       

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, Kill Devil Hills, Dare County, NC 2/18/11

Plasterer Bee (right) with nest.  It's a Colletes inaequalis, a member of the Colletidae family.  Partridgeberry, which was abundant in this area  Fallen tree  Holly Tree bark   

Egg case, maybe of a mantid. These three pictures show duckweed-covered swamps.      

Roanoke Island Marsh Game Land, Dare County, NC  2/17/11

Juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron.  There was grass in the foreground.   
Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo, Dare County, NC  2/17/11

Red Admiral on violet, one of at least 3 seen         

Downtown Manteo, Dare County, NC  2/17/11

Common Loon  Ring-billed Gull, with berry?  A lovely scene, despite the thumbnail's display of rogue programming in this web-programming software! Winged ants, with 8 males attending tending to 3 females     

Duke Gardens, Durham, NC  2/14/11

Northern Pintail, with another duck looking on Muscovy Duck Probably a male Mallard/American Black Duck hybrid Common Shelduck  

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, Orange County, NC  2/13/11

American Snout, seen at far end of Beech Trail at 3:31 pm. Crane Fly Orchid (winter leaf) New Hope Creek Spider wasp  

Durham, NC  2/8/11

Brown-headed Nuthatch, near scene of (its) destruction        

Flat River Impoundment (actually, near the river itself), Durham County, NC  2/6/11

Putty Root Orchid leaf        

North Carolina Botanical Garden, Orange County, NC  2/2/11

First flower of the year!  It was an unusually warm mostly sunny day, with a high of 64 and lots of cirrus clouds.

Early Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) Witch Hazel branch      

"Rainbow" around the sun.  Very faint, needed a lot of image processing.        

Durham, NC  2/1/11

Male Eastern Bluebird        


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