February 16, 2020 8:48 a.m.
Sit 486: Brush Pile W : Cloudy
-1° (-6°) 15-23 kph 85% humidity
(Jet , traffic noise)
(JetSuite Air flight 307...)
Many Squirrel tracks,
One set of Rabbit tracks,
Bird tracks on snowy ice
Two Cardinals singing Spring songs
Blue Jays calling
Photo Site #1 - East Pond
During the late afternoon the sun was shining at just the right angle to show me the remains of one plant that I had been wanting to photograph. It was a stem and seed pod of a Butter and Eggs or linaire vulgaire in French (Linaria vulgaris).
I added the July photo for those who do not remember the look of the flower.
Also, I saw an ootheca [oh-uh-THEE-kuh], which I had always just called a Praying Mantis egg case but I learned the new term today and thought I would pass it along.
Given that it was on the edge of a path that I walk almost once or sometimes twice a day, I am sure I have passed within 30 cm of it over 100 times without seeing it. Today the sunshine was just right and I was looking down at just the right time. I wonder if I will be able to find it again in the spring with the young mantises come out.