Last night after it had been in the fridge a while, I took out my lady Dobson fly and took several shots of her on a white sheet of paper. I like this one best, because she has such shiny eyes.

Dobsonfly (Corydalus cornutus)

Dobsonfly (Corydalus cornutus)


What a beautiful girl! She was about three inches long.

On the way home from work we saw a turtle in the middle of the road. I wasn’t sure if it had been hit or not, but since there are several species in New Hampshire that Fish and Game is interested in, I had Jonathan turn around and park near it. Yeah, it had been freshly hit (but not by us). It’s a bit of a gross photo, so if you’re squeamish, don’t click the “more” thing.

Eastern Painted Turtle  (Chrysemys picta)

Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)


This is an Eastern PaintedTurtle (Chrysemys picta). It’s fairly common here according to F&G, and not one of the species for which they would dispatch a biologist for tissue collection purposes. I was sad to see him go anyhow. I moved him off the road to take the picture, as I did not wish to share his fate. I expect we’ll pass some crows there tomorrow.

When I got home a took a lap around the property to see if there were any new blooms or any particularly striking old ones. I found both. The maple-leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) was new:

Maple-leaf Viburnum (viburnum acerifolium)

Maple-leaf Viburnum (viburnum acerifolium)


The Latin name Viburnum acerifolium means… maple-leafed (get this) viburnum. Acer is maple. -ifolium is leaf. The leaves look like maple leaves. Yes, you can cll me Captain Obvious now. I have earned it.

I also found some False Solomon’s Seal

False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosa)

False Solomon's Seal (Maianthemum racemosa)


This plant is in the same genus as the False Lily-of-the-valley, aka Canada Mayflower, aka M. canadense. They are still in bloom too and have been for three or four weeks.

An old bloom I found was in my stand of blue-eyed grass that grows in the gravelly turn-around area in my driveway. This is one of my favorite flowers, but that wasn’t sufficient to keep me from mowing some down a few days ago. I wouldn’t have then, except I knew this stand was here.

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium montanum)

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium montanum)


Va prefers blue flowers too, and she likes these.