Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)

Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)


Here’s a horse chestnut in bloom. The shots I got today were not easy to come by, as it was kinda on the windy side. Wind sets flowers in motion, and motion means blurry pictures. This tree is on the corner of Loudon Rd and Main Street in downtown Concord. There’s another specimen about triple the height of this one across the street from my office. I can see it from my desk. It bloomed half a week earlier than this one did.

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Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)


This is one that I managed to finally identify today. The wind complicated its portrait as well, but I think this one is maybe passable. Ground ivy is an alien invasive, and it was really taking over this spot where I found it (near the railroad tracks, again in downtown Concord). I stepped on some while taking this shot, and that immediately stimulated my olfactory center. In other words, this plant is somewhat aromatic.

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Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)


I’ve been looking for this one for about a week now. I had a patch of it in the woods on the south side of the house the last couple years, so that’s where I’ve been looking. This one (and two of its buddies) came up along the path I cut through my woods last year. The white petals there are actually not petals at all, but rather, they are sepals. The petals are the tiny green things in the center of the “flower”.

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