Nature Notes

Icicles on the MOBS deckPhoto credit: Whitney McCann The “big three” are still in bloom in the Alpine Garden and at Monroe Flats near Lakes of the Clouds.  Amidst the granite debris one will see white Diapensia, Diapensia lapponica, pink Alpine azalea, Loiseleuria procumbens, purple Lapland rosebay, Rhododendron lapponicum, and a touch of yellow as the Mountain avens, Geum…

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It’s that time of year when the Land Above the Trees starts putting on it’s annual show.  The “big three” were spotted in bloom on May 31 in the Cow Pasture along the Auto Road and by Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Get up there and enjoy the show! Alpine Azalea (Loiseleuria procumbens)  Photo by…

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Trout Lily After a few days of rain the spring flowers seemed to burst into bloom.  On a recent woods wandering in Gorham NH, I found a few Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) still in bloom, and hundreds already in fruit.  Hobblebush (Viburnum alnifolium) is in bloom as well as Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) and one…

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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is the first to bloom in our Native Plant Gardens at Joe Dodge Lodge. This beautiful wildflower grows in shaded, rich woodlands from Quebec to Florida.  Its thick 6-8″ stem pushes out of the ground reavealing a single leaf, tightly rolled around a large flower bud.  The single white flower lasts only…

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November is upon us. The trees are bare and the forest sounds relatively quiet. The days are short and getting shorter. November is a month of profound change and a reminder that winter is right around the corner. If one is to think of November as a time of death and decay, then it should…

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Now that the end of October is here, the leaves are bare on the mountains in and around Pinkham Notch. Maple, Birch, and Beech leafs have fallen and the forest has a bare look to it below the higher slopes of evergreen spruces and firs. But not all is lost, for the last days of…

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Legions of beautiful Monarch butterflies have started their long journey to the mountains of southern Mexico. If you have fall flowers in bloom in your garden or blooming plants anywhere near where you live, you’re quite likely to see these beautiful orange and black butterflies gliding southward for the next two or thee weeks. Monarch migration…

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Tonight is the night of the full moon. This will be the second full moon of the month, also known as a blue moon. Contrary to some rumors, the full moon tonight won’t be blue, but rather it will glow yellow like it always does. Moonlight is a result of the moon reflecting the suns light back…

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Now that we are into the third week of July, the flowers of May and June are quickly ripening into fruits.  Red baneberry (Actaea rubra) and twisted stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius) plants for instance are both sporting brilliant scarlet, red berries in the forest currently. Do not consume the baneberry! Although fruits are quickly developing from the…

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Dozens of black-and-yellow Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio canadensis) have been “puddling” lately beside the outdoor water faucet near the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. While they take most of their nourishment from flower nectar, Canadian Tiger Swallowtails—particularly the males—will often congregate at swallow puddles and other wet spots to gather salts and minerals, which are…

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