Late Afternoon Walk in the Sun

We took a late afternoon walk in the sun today. Penny was excited to take a walk. Maura found a book in the Little Free Library on the corner.

Charlie wore his ski goggles. He held up his baby to show him the fully visible moon.

We cut down the alley and saw some signs of bulbs sprouting through the earth. Charlie looked back to make sure I was coming, too. I was gawking and shooting a few snaps on the phone, capturing the sun we haven’t seen in such a long time. It was chilly in the shade.

We’ve still got to get through the month of March and it’s been known to snow but I could feel a respite from winter today.

https://littlefreelibrary.org/

Homestead Grays Bridge Reflection

Along the Monongahela River.

The thin white tree branch over the dark trunk seemed to connect the bridge reflection in the river. Tie it together.

I photographed this image earlier in the week.

But-we’re not talking about the weather or what it’s doing outside my window right now.

It’s winter for certain.

Unidentified Colorful Berries on a Vine

Saturday afternoon.

These colorful (but unidentifed) berries on a vine caught my eye! Highland Park, Pittsburgh.

The colors looked unreal.

*update 8:45 AM Sunday  

Blog Reader L has sent Plant ID  “The plant is ampelopsis.”

*update 9:04 from blog reader L

“Porcelain-berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata) was originally brought to the United States around the 1870’s as a landscape plant. Porcelain-berry is now recognized as an invasive plant, which can quickly overwhelm and displace native plants.Sep 7, 2006”

thanks for the info L

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Sea Turtle Dig at Sunrise

6:30 AM- Sea Turtle Patrol Volunteer arrives

The dig commences

The results of the dig –

97 broken eggshells evidence of  live turtles hatching

2 eggs not viable, Not hatched

0 live turtles present in the bottom of the funnel, which is a good thing- they all made it out

 

A Bold Jumping Spider on a Red Pepper Plant

I’d just walked out of Whole Foods and this huge hairy spider with big green eyes got my attention. There were flats of vegetable plants for sale. My neighbor stopped by my front porch and she was able to identify the type of spider. I actually videoed inadvertently just as it jumped. Hanging by a thread. Says they don’t build webs.    Phidippus audax

I noticed how the exact same leaf looks differently as the light and angle change.

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Woodpecker in Highland Park Tree Stump

We were walking across the street to the playground and saw two woodpeckers pecking away on this rotting tree stump. One flew away.        iPhone shots today.

You can watch the one pecking away in this video .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg6P9UdKswQ

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Butterflies at Franklin Park Conservatory

A couple of weeks ago in Columbus Ohio-

IMG_6911You have to check your clothing in the mirror between the double doors as you enter and exit  the butterfly garden. Sometimes a butterfly will land on you! Such delicate and beautiful creatures.