Friday, October 17, 2014

Coker's Amanita (Amanita cokeri)

September 30th -  October 5th, 2014. 

This mushroom emerged on the shoulder of the road outside our place. It looked like it would be a specimen mushroom so I decided to photograph it each day until it opened completely.
September 30th

October 1st

October 2nd

October 3rd, morning

October 3rd, afternoon

October 3rd, afternoon. The mushroom, in profile, showing the veil still partially attached to the cap.

October 4th

October 5th

Closer views of the tubercles on the cap

The cap grew so large that it split the stem. I’ve never seen this in a mushroom before.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Purple False Foxglove/Purple Gerardia (Agalinis purpurea)

September 30th, 2014. In mid-September, bright pink flowers appear on small bushes along the roadside in Walton County. Usually the bushes are on embankments or agenst fences that don’t allow easy access. This particular plant was accessible and the blooms were in perfect condition. A special treat.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos)

September 28th, 2014. This plant was growing in the long grass by a road sign at a busy intersection. Its roots are probably in the ditch. I’d see it as I rode through the intersection but was paying more attention to getting safely across the road that I’d forget to stop. From a distance, it looked a little like a blazing star or an ironweed. By the time I did remember to stop, the plant was way past its best but there were a few flowers, and some leaves left. 

I was a little surprised to find it was a Spotted Knapweed, the first I’ve seen. I’ll have to pay more attention next year.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

September 19th, 2014 
Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Walton County, Georgia

Back again. Trying to get the hang of catching birds on the wing. Not much luck. Poor thing.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Tievine (Ipomoea cordatotriloba)

September 22nd, 2014. Tievine, also called Cotton Morning Glory, has been one of my most interesting finds this year. When I first saw it from a distance, I thought it was a color variant of the Small White Morning Glory (I. lacunosa). The plants were at the bottom of a ditch and I was wary of wandering around in the deep grass (Copperhead country). But finally, after the county mowers had been through, I ventured down to be rewarded with close-up views of this pretty morning glory.  So far, I’ve found it blooming at two locations in Walton County. 

The first site was in a ditch beside a hay field.

The second site was a roadside location above a culvert where Common Morning Glory (I. purpurea), Small White Morning Glory (I. lacunosa), and the Small Red Morning Glory (I. coccinea) were also blooming.

The flowers…

An older leaf. Young leaves had wavy edges rather than the more deeply indented older leaves.

Seed pods. I’ve collected some seeds; hope I can get it to grow at home next year.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Clustervine (Jacquemontia tamnifolia)

September 22nd, 2014 
Clustervine (Jacquemontia tamnifolia)
Walton County, Georgia

Clustervine is also called Jacquemontia , Smallflower Morning Glory, Hairy Clustervine. It’s not native to the Southeastern U. S. Until now, Jasper County was the northernmost county in Georgia in which I’d seen this plant – although it has been documented in several counties in north Georgia including Morgan and Clark counties. It’s the first time I’ve seen it in bloom.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

September 19th, 2014
Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Walton County, Georgia