Journal archives for December 2017

December 04, 2017

Respectable Weeds

Posted on December 04, 2017 02:55 by scottking scottking | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 07, 2017

Hall's Creek: Part Three

Posted on December 07, 2017 05:08 by scottking scottking | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 08, 2017

Spare Time

Posted on December 08, 2017 02:37 by scottking scottking | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 18, 2017

Mid-winter Sleep

Posted on December 18, 2017 03:22 by scottking scottking | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 19, 2017

Knotweed

Posted on December 19, 2017 04:04 by scottking scottking | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 16, 2017

Horse with a Tie

Today, I began preparations for a talk I will be giving in January on the biogeography of dragonflies, comparing studies of Siberian dragonflies with what is know of the dragonflies of Minnesota. In latitude, the state of Minnesota, if slid around to the Russian side of the globe, lies south of Siberia, say somewhere in northern Mongolia. However, there exist some climatic ties as well as similarities in ecosystems, for instance consider the boreal forest biome that surrounds the two largest lakes in the world, Lake Superior and Lake Baikal. And there's the literal connection between the two places on the occasions when the Bering Land Bridge was extant.

Posted on December 16, 2017 04:36 by scottking scottking | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 09, 2017

Asterisms

"Aster drummondii [now Drummond’s Aster, Symphyotrichum drummondii (Lindl.) G.L. Nesom var. drummondii] is said to be hardly distinct from Aster sagittifolius [now Symphyotrichum urophyllum]; but, with me, A. drummondii has larger, thicker leaves, larger and darker blue flowers, a less brittle stem, and a more gregarious habit." – Eloise Butler, from 'Asters in the Wild Garden' (1915)

We had a number of these asters this year in our backyard garden, all volunteers. One of the reasons I collected the seed was that the flowers had been pollinated by an endangered species, the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee, that visited the flower while it was in bloom in September.

Posted on December 09, 2017 03:42 by scottking scottking | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 05, 2017

Hall's Creek

To Hall's Creek near Black River Falls, Wisconsin, with Ami Thompson to look for dragonfly nymphs.

Posted on December 05, 2017 05:50 by scottking scottking | 24 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 01, 2017

Big Woods

Posted on December 01, 2017 03:36 by scottking scottking | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 02, 2017

Grimace

Sometimes at the onset of winter, days, landscapes, and the souls of resident humans seem to adopt a resigned grimace, knowing that four months or more of snow and cold weather must pass before the return of green leaves and spring flowers. Today, however, was not one of those days. It was fifty degrees in the afternoon when I visited the St Olaf Natural Lands where I stood at the edge of the wooded pond and watched several muskrats enjoying the open water.

Posted on December 02, 2017 03:39 by scottking scottking | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment