8.28.2005

Wandering Around on a Sunday Morning


This mushroom, as yet unidentified, was over nine inches across. Quite impressive.


A black swallowtail cat preparing to pupate. (Papilio polyxenes)


Such a shock of red amongst the greens and grays of the swamp.


So red, it'll hurt your eyes! Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis).


A freshwater bryozoan. Common name: The Blob. Scientific name: Pectinatella magnifica
This is actually of colony of tiny individuals. If you look very, very closely, you can see the tentacles of individual animals.


Chillin' by the pond, a green treefrog (Hyla cinerea) clings to a bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) sapling.

All in all, a very satisfying way to spend the morning. And no, the house isn't clean. But you knew that already, didn't you?

10 comments:

swamp4me said...

Sorry, Floridacracker! While editing, I inadvertently deleted your comment. Here it is - all copied and pasted!

He's thinking..."don't see me, don't see me, don't see me..."

Anvilcloud said...

All good, but I really like the treefrog and the black swallowtail cat.

swamp4me said...

I live by the philosophy that one can never have too many green treefrog pictures. I did restrain myself today, though, and only took this one shot. :)

Watchmania said...

All wonderful pics. The Blob is extraordinary. How big is it?

Ontario Wanderer said...

Do you know what the Black Swallowtail pupa looks like? "Our" caterpillar disappeared two days ago and I am assuming that there is a pupa somewhere but I am not sure what to look for, or where.

SquirrleyMojo said...

The blob is a water shot?

My sister-in-law would find the "orb" intriguing . . . ghosts in the swamp . . .

swamp4me said...

Sara, that particular Blob would have fit in my hand. I have seen them up to several feet across, though.

Ontario, I will endeavor to revisit that particular caterpillar and attempt to get you a picture of the chrysalis. The patch of water hemlock it was feeding on is only a short walk into the swamp.

SQMojo, yes, the Blob is a water shot. This was a living colony. I have a couple of pictures of a blob-in-the-hand so to speak. They sometimes break away from the log or other underwater structure that they "grow" on. Perhaps I should post those pics?

lené said...

I really like the black swallowtail picture. They're all great, but for some reason, that one seems to speak to me.

jojo said...

Thanks for the frog shot! I think green tree frogs are my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Do you ever see any squirrel treefrogs?