Sunday, September 6, 2020

Grassland

 

Late summer on Staten Island. 

Mt Loretto Unique Area includes one of the rare grasslands within the city of New York. Despite being heavily invaded by mugwort, it is holding its own. In this picture, white-flowered Eupatorium perfoliatum (common boneset) was host to  monarch butterflies. Above us bald eagles soared on a thermal, and along the edges of the meadow sleek groundhogs chewed delicious greens.

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