Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Not too much writing, I think the pictures say enough. I am waiting for some ID help with a couple of flowers so please sing out if you recognize something that I do not, or if a name looks wrong. 

Our last trip was in mid spring, and this late summer was beautiful. 

How do you get there? You take the A train. But of course. But in the other direction. Disembark at Broad Channel. Then you walk through a place like movies. Small, modest beach houses, low chainlink fences, clean streets, cemented front yards. Beware of the dog. Garden gnomes presiding over gravel. American flags. You walk some more to Crossbay Boulevard, take a right, walk... 

And then you are here.

Eupatorium dubium - dwarf joe pye weed. All of 3' - 4'.

So cranesbill-ish. Epilobium hirsutum, hairy willow herb (see comments).

Solidago. End-of-summer flower.

Hibiscus moscheutos - swamp rose mallow.

This is New York City.

I mean, you take the subway...

The body armour of one of dozens of washed up horseshoe crabs.

At last, a live one.

A black skimmer.


Very invasive and pretty loosestrife.

? Very aromatic leaves. Lamiaceae...

Northern bayberry, of course. Time to collect the ripe berries.

And beach plums - Prunus maritima. Big smile. And delicious. Two of the bushes I remembered from last year had been hacked back, but...hacked. Just sawn off. It was horrible. Who did that? Curious. Three others were dripping with ripe fruit, and guarded by a large Canadian goose.

I ain't scared of no goose.

There's a great plant list here and no doubt I'll find what I am looking for when I go through it carefully. Later.
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