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Patchy sunlight showed off intricate patterns on gumball-to- jawbreaker-sized spherical mushrooms alongside a trail down to Silent Waters Lake today 8/17/17 fungus fungiphotography alongthetrail fungi mushrooms mycology mushroomsociety mushroom nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn hiking hikingconnecticut getoutside getoutsidect natureporn naturephotography explorect getoutsidect lookaroundyou trail pattern lookdown naturalconnecticut spheres summerinct hikect forestfloor ctwoodlands

1 Days ago
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Bright sunlight illuminating some wispy clouds and reflecting off lilypads at Silent Waters Lake on today's hike 8/17/17 lake lakeside reflection lilypads lilypad aquaticplants sunlight lakeshore scenic scenicconnecticut scenesofnewengland woodland ctwoodlands woods trail hikingconnecticut hiking hikect naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn summerinct tranquility tranquil peaceful summer alongthetrail getoutsidect

1 Days ago
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Great camo for the forest floor! This little wood frog (Lithobates sylvatica) was almost underfoot when I was taking pics of mushrooms and I didn't see him til he leaped. Amazing that these frogs will winter over in New England under leaf cover, mostly frozen til the spring thaw, when they'll revive and begin the mating process with loud clucking calls by the males from vernal pools 8/14/17 frog frogs woodfrog woodfrogs lithobates lithobatessylvaticus forestfloor woods woodland ctwoodlands amphibians nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn naturephotography naturalconnecticut hiking hikingconnecticut getoutsidect lookdown wildlifephotography wildlife wildanimals forest ctforestandparkassociation summerinct macro_freaks alongthetrail trail

1 Days ago
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A pair of small Skipper butterflies (Hesperiidae) along the trail this week. They may both be Zabulon skippers, the darker one feeding on a clover a female, and the lighter one on the sweet-pea flower a male 8/14/17 zabulonskipper hesperiidae lepidoptera butterfly butterflies wildflowers polinator insectagram insect insects insectsofinstagram insects_of_our_world insectlovers insect_addict sweetpeaflowers entomology alongthetrail summerinct summer hiking hikingconnecticut hikect getoutsidect natureporn naturephotography nature naturelovers naturescene macro_brilliance macrogardener

2 Days ago
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Cloud structures appeared to be diced up in reflection by ripples on Great Hollow Lake a couple of days ago 8/14/17 lake reflection lakeside lakeshore cloudstagram cloudporn cloudscape sky skyporn skyscape skylovers clouds scenesofnewengland scenic scenicconnecticut summerinct explorect naturalconnecticut greathollowlake sunlight tranquility tranquil peaceful getoutside getoutsidect lookaroundyou natureporn naturephotography nature naturelovers

3 Days ago
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Nothing like a good ol' brick-and-mortar spot to find a nice big Antheraea polyphemus moth! This is a male, based on his large feathery antennae, with wing height of about 3" (7.5cm). His legs and abdomen have such fine fuzz that they look poorly resolved in the image, but zooming in, his bare "knees" and feet are pretty clear 8/15/17 moth antheraea antheraeapolyphemus moths insectagram insect insects insectsofinstagram insects_of_our_world insectlovers insectsofig nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn naturephotography naturalconnecticut getoutsidect getoutside lookaroundyou summerinct fuzzy entomology wildlifephotography wildlife

3 Days ago
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A bumble-bee (Bombus) was really getting into this sweet-pea flower along the trail today. Note the tiny yellow granules of pollen on his back, accumulated during his visits to other flowers 8/14/17 polinator bumblebee bombus insectagram insectsofinstagram insects_of_our_world flower wildflowers alongthetrail blooming blooms colorful plantlovers plantlife summerinct nature naturelovers natureporn naturephotography lathyrusodoratus hikingconnecticut hikect getoutside getoutsidect scenicconnecticut naturalconnecticut macro_freaks macrogardener insectagram sweetpeaflowers

4 Days ago
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Normal young female catkins of an alder tree just look like small green cones, but these have a fungus causing alder tongue gall - brown curling tendrils. They'll last through the winter and supposedly do little harm, which I'm pleased to hear as I always found the tangled growths kind of interesting. Saw this speckled alder (Alnus incana) at the edge of Great Hollow Lake today 8/14/17 treelovers tree tree_magic tree_brilliance treeporn alder aldertree alnus alnusincana aldertonguegall treesofinstagram lakeside greathollowlake nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn naturephotography naturalconnecticut getoutsidect getoutside lookaroundyou summerinct taphrinaalni taphrina macrogardener macro_perfection macro_brilliance plantlife catkins

4 Days ago
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Nature doesn't always take its work too seriously😅 Woodpecker and fungus brought out the cyclops in this tree seen at a trailhead yesterday 👁️🌲👃👄 No edit, no filter 8/13/17 treelovers tree_magic faceinthetreetrunk faceinatree treesofinstagram treetrunk fungus fungiphotography fungiofinstagram fungi cyclops alongthetrail lookaroundyou getoutside getoutsidect hiking woodland hikingconnecticut humorinnature gottalaugh woodpeckerholes nature naturelovers natureporn naturephotography nofilter noedit

4 Days ago
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Islands of green foliose lichen flanked by fields of turkey tail fungus (Trametes versicolor) on an American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) or musclewood tree - near Great Hollow Lake today. (You can't see it here, but the tree's trunk and limbs really do look muscular 🌳💪) 8/12/17 treelovers tree tree_magic tree_brilliance treeporn lichen fungus fungiphotography turkeytailfungus mushroomsociety allthemushroomhashtags naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn hiking hikect hikingconnecticut getoutside getoutsidect lookaroundyou trail texture summerinct naturephotography ctwoodlands woods woodland treetrunk

6 Days ago
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When the rain came I thought you'd leave, 'cause I knew how much you loved the sun... (Mandolin Wind - Rod Stewart) 8/5/17 raindrops rainydays nature naturelovers natureporn naturephotography macro macro_perfection macro_brilliance macrogardener flower flowersinbloom flowering blooming blooms colorful plantlovers plantlife summerinct lookaroundyou getoutside getoutsidect macro_freaks macro_flower macro_holic naturalconnecticut

8 Days ago
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Not to ignore wildlife just because it's in the back yard - a pair of young wild turkeys decided to roost on our fence (which is about as much weight as it'll hold, haha). These two, plus two more siblings, plus mama have come by pretty regularly for a couple of weeks to peck at seeds that drop from the bird feeder 8/9/17 wildturkey wildturkeys meleagrisgallopavo meleagris wildbirds younganimals wildlifephotography wildlife birdphotography birdlovers birdsofinstagram scenesofnewengland backyardvisitors backyard woodland naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers natureporn fencesitters lookaroundyou getoutside getoutsidect fowl outmybackdoor bigbirds wildanimals ctwoodlands ig_birdwatchers

8 Days ago
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A bumble-bee foraging for nectar on sweet Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) today at Bent of the River Audubon wildlife sanctuary. Lots of pollination going on with many varieties of wildflowers growing in the large fields, once farmland 8/9/17 noedit nofilter nofilterneeded joepyeweed eutrochiumpurpureum eutrochium bumblebee bee polinator wildflowers wildflower nature naturelovers natureporn naturephotography bentoftheriver audubon naturalconnecticut explorect field alongthetrail flower blooming blooms summerinct summer scenicconnecticut macrogardener macro_perfection bombus

10 Days ago
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So if I post flowers I usually only post wildflowers that catch my eye along the trail when hiking or trail-running, while these are garden variety. Still, hard to ignore, so here they are 8/7 /17 flower flowersinbloom flowering blooming blooms colorful plantlovers plantlife summerinct nature summer naturelovers natureporn naturephotography summer lookaroundyou getoutside getoutsidect lookdown naturalconnecticut macrogardener garden gardenflowers gardenflower

11 Days ago
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A few of the dozens of mushrooms that seemed to have materialized in this spot almost overnight. I assume rain last night and most of today - right up to my evening 5K run on this trail - could have been a motivator 🌧️🍄 8/7/17 mushroomspotting mushroomsociety mushroom mushrooms mycology allthemushroomhashtags fungiphotogtaphy newgrowth forestfloor woods woodland ctwoodlands trail trailrunning colorful naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn getoutside getoutsidect lookaroundyou lookdown alongthetrail fungiofinstagram aftertherain forest mushrooms🍄

11 Days ago
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Carved by the sea - part of a huge piece of driftwood cast up on a slip of land at Milford Point Audubon Sanctuary shore this weekend. Enjoyed textures and earth tones in this part of the tree trunk 8/5/17 driftwood decay tv_beautyindecay decayingwood hiddenbeauty beachcombing texture textureextreme deadwood treelovers treeporn treetrunk nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn milfordpointaudubon shore shoreline beachcomber newenglandscenery naturalconnecticut naturephotography getoutside getoutsidect lookaroundyou scenicconnecticut scenesofnewengland explorect

11 Days ago
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I posted a similar pic of this pond in the spring, but now lily pads have added a green covering to a good bit of the pond's surface, some flowering, and trees have gotten leafier. We've had a good amount of rain this summer and the greenery has been flourishing 8/6/17 pond pondlife reflection lilypads water nymphaeaceae woodland woods ctwoodlands treeporn trees treelovers scenesofnewengland scenic scenicconnecticut summerinct summer trail alongthetrail hikingconnecticut hiking hikect naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn naturephotography tranquility peaceful

12 Days ago
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Shoreline and clouds yesterday after the morning rain passed 8/5/17 milfordpointaud shore shoreline beachcomber beachcombing ctshoreline scenesofnewengland naturalconnecticut explorect scenic tranquility tranquil peaceful summerinct summer skyscape skylovers clouds cloudscape cloudporn cloudlovers cloudstagram littoral nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn getoutside getoutsidect sky

12 Days ago
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Vines and moss grow on the rock walls of an early 19th century silver and lead mine shaft at Lane's Mine Nature Park. Didn't intend a trail-run there but lots of flying insects were out today and running was more comfortable than hiking. Still got a 5K run in later (elsewhere) at a tick under personnel best so not a bad day on the trails🌲🏃‍😊 8/4/17 oldstructure oldmine lanesmine naturereclaims scenesofnewengland naturalconnecticut explorect scenic abandoned enchantedforest woodland woods ctwoodlands trail hikingconnecticut hiking hikect trailrunning getoutside getoutsidect alongthetrail rockwall nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn ctforestandparkassociation minerals sunlightandshadows naturephotography

14 Days ago
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Trees living on the edge - adapting to growth on a tall outcrop at Rocky Glen State Park - from a hike on Al's Trail last week 7/29/17 treelovers tree trees treesofinstagram tree_brilliance tree_captures tree_magic woods woodland forest treetrunk rockyglenstatepark ctwoodlands naturalconnecticut ctwoodlands ctstateforest ctforestandparkassociation alstrail rockyoutcrop nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn hiking hikingconnecticut getoutsidect scenicconnecticut hikect naturephotography onttheedge

15 Days ago
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Sunshine and blooms seen lakeside today, meandering on a warm afternoon with a bit of a breeze. August already! 8/3/17 lake lakeside greathollowlake scenicconnecticut scenesofnewengland scenic reflection water wildflowers waterplants summer blooms blooming summerblooms summerinct naturephotography naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn hiking hikingconnecticut getoutsidect lookaroundyou trail sunlight hikect alongthetrail

15 Days ago
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A rugged flying buttress helping a rock outcropping support a tree clinging to it via massive roots. Seen on Al's Trail at Rocky Glen State Park last weekend. Not exactly Arches National Park but only a half hour from home and a good hike 😊 7/29/17 treelovers tree trail woodland treeporn stonearch outcrop flyingbuttress rockyglenstatepark rockformation trail ctwoodlands woodland naturalconnecticut hikect hikingconnecticut hiking nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn getoutside getoutsidect explorect naturephotography newenglandscenery scenesofnewengland ctforestandparkassociation ctstateparks alongthetrail

17 Days ago
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The view Friday from the 142-foot high Thomaston Dam, looking North. I always take a drive across the dam when on the back roads to Collinsville. The Naugatuck River is below and looks benign but was part of a devastating flood in 1955. The dam was built afterward to avoid a repeat. Dirt bike trails are visible and I've hiked some of the 800 acres with wooded trails at the west end of the dam 7/28/17 thomaston thomastondam scenesofnewengland scenic scenicconnecticut summerinct explorect naturalconnecticut armycorpofengineers dam naugatuckriver nature naturelovers naturescene rivervalley hikingconnecticut hikect getoutside getoutsidect landscape ctforestandparkassociation floodof1955 litchfieldhills trail

19 Days ago
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A view of Hope Lake today on a low-key doggie walk with one of our daughter's three pooches. Calm, warm day with a few sunlit cumulus clouds here and there 7/30/17 lake lakeside reflection hopelake lakeshore scenesofnewengland scenic scenicconnecticut woodland ctwoodlands woods trail hikingconnecticut hiking hikect naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn getoutside getoutsidect landscape ctforestandparkassociation naturephotography tranquility tranquil peaceful summerinct doggiewalk

19 Days ago
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Creamy white fungus joined lichen and other fungi on a dead limb near the Pootatuck River in Rocky Glen State Park today 7/30/17 fungiphotography fungus fungi mycology decay deadwood tv_beautyindecay allthemushroomhashtags mushroomsociety woodlands mushroomspotting forestfloor forest ctwoodlands naturalconnecticut hikect hikingconnecticut hiking nature naturelovers natureporn naturephotography ctstateparks ctforestandparkassociation explorect getoutside getoutsidect lookaroundyou trail lookdown

20 Days ago
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Along the Pootatuck River today, I scrambled down the sloping bank trying for a closer shot of this great blue heron. Earlier a couple of kingfishers swooped down fishing and chattering, and I startled a deer on Al's Trail, but this guy was the only one who chilled long enough for a couple pics before flying off upstream 7/30/17 greatblueheron heron wildlifephotography wildlife pootatuckriver woodland rockyglenstatepark woods ctforestandparkassociation ctwoodlands explorect naturalconnecticut hikect hikingconnecticut hiking nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn ardeaherodias getoutsidect getoutside riverbank birdlovers birdsofinstagram scenesofnewengland scenicconnecticut scenic ctstateparks river

20 Days ago
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Hard to miss this huge bright red fungus, one of many similar examples I came across hiking Rocky Glen State Park and Al's Trail for a few hours today 7/30/17 fungiphotography fungus fungi mycology decay deadwood tv_beautyindecay nature naturelovers natureporn naturephotography hiking hikingconnecticut hikect ctforestandparkassociation alstrail alongthetrail trail trailrunning lookaroundyou explorect naturalconnecticut rockyglenstatepark allthemushroomhashtags noedit nofilter ctwoodlands woods woodland ctstateparks

20 Days ago
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After driving on the highway during most of a spectacular sunset tonight I caught this view after pulling off an exit and shooting across a corn field. Would have liked to have gotten photos of this sunset evolving, but could be worse... 7/28/17 clouds cloudscape cloudporn cloudlovers cloudstagram sunlight sunsetporn sunset_ig sunset_madness sunset sunset_captures skycolors skyonfire skylovers explorect getoutside skyporn skyscape lookup scenicconnecticut treesilhouette explorect naturephotography newenglandscenery naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn

21 Days ago
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No Monet, just a novice at play😅 Lily pads and water plants at Silent Waters Lake today in a light rain (with a little edit...) 7/27/17 water reflection waterlily waterlillies lake lakeside silentwaters impressionism monet nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn hikingconnecticut hikect getoutsidect scenicconnecticut summer summerblooms summerinct naturephotography naturalconnecticut trail plantlovers plantlife explorect lilypad lilypads nymphéas nymphaeaceae

22 Days ago
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Ripening wild blackberries and fertilized flowers along the trail today - munched on a few of the purple-black ripe ones. Left some for other hikers along with more like these coming to fruition (from the Latin frui, "to enjoy" 🍇😀) 7/27/17 rubus blackberry blackberries wildflowers alongthetrail plantlovers plantlife summerinct macrogardener trail hikingconnecticut hiking hikect naturalconnecticut nature naturelovers natureporn naturephotography getoutside getoutsidect lookaroundyou wildberries trailfood explorect macro_freaks fruit ripening starshape

22 Days ago
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Off center 7/7/17 pattern flowersinbloom flowering blooming macrogardener greencolor macro_holic macro_freaks macro_flower nature naturelovers natureporn naturephotography nature_seekers naturalconnecticut summerinct summer abstract asteraceae coneflower coneflowers alongthetrail getoutsidect lookaroundyou trail lookdown explorect

23 Days ago
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"Tell her to find me an acre of land (Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme) Between the salt water and the sea strand..." A view near Ash Creek after this morning's rain 7/24/17 seashore seastrand landscape littoral ctshoreline summer summerblooms summerinct staghornsumac alongthetrail trail mood moody somber solitude nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn naturephotography naturalconnecticut getoutsidect getoutside lookaroundyou scenicconnecticut scenic scenesofnewengland tallgrass explorect shoreline

25 Days ago
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Queen Anne's Lace flower umbels looking like bursting fireworks (at least to me), seen off a trail this week🎆 7/17/17 wildflowers flower plantlovers plantlife queenanneslace daucuscarota fractalflower wildcarrot alongthetrail nature naturelovers naturescene natureporn hiking hikect hikingconnecticut getoutside getoutsidect lookaroundyou trail pattern blooms blooming ctwoodlands naturalconnecticut naturephotography explorect greencolor summerinct flowerfireworks

27 Days ago