Can you see me?

Took a little walk-about at Audubon this morning. Look who I found all tucked in a bed of moss:

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Not sure of the species. Isn’t it cute?

UPDATE:  My very knowledgeable friends tell me it’s a striped flea beetle.  Still not sure of species, because apparently there are several varieties of striped flea beetles.

Gray Sky Day

I badly needed a walk about… and I ended up spending an hour and a half out on the trails at Audubon before heading to my office.

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You know I love winter, and this mild one has been disappointing to me. The temperature was in the high 40s and the ground was mushy. Still, there was a bit of ice on the pond… and you could see where the muskrats broke through it to get a breath of air.

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As is often the case, the gray, wet day made for vibrant, saturated color.

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Even the rootlets of the poison ivy drew my eye with their rich color.

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And why is it that only the roses are dripping with water?

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The weather forecast is for several more days of high 40s. I wonder if we’ll ever get a good, lasting snow this year…