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This is to remind us that summer gets full, and must be renewed by the autumn.

18 pictures )
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These are to remind us that winter always gives way to spring.

18 pictures )
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Mallards on the Charles.


Gulls in front of the Back Bay.
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Olmsted Woods. One of the things I will miss when we move is this patch of forest, walking distance from our home. Our new house has other woods in walking distance, and I will grow to love them as well, but Olmsted Woods will always be special.

More Olmsted Park )
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Brookline Golf Course.




I'd identify this sparrow, but all my field guides are packed. Anyone?
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Australian cockroach Periplaneta australasiae


The Australian cockroach, like almost all pest roaches, is not originally native to the country it is named for. Most likely it is from tropical Asia, and quickly established itself in Australia once it was introduced into the warm cities there. In North America, this insect is associated with tropical plants, but will happily live alongside its close relative the American cockroach in hot moist basements. It can be distinguished from the American roach by the light yellowish markings on its thorax (behind the head) and along its sides. It doesn't grow quite to the same size, but is still one of the largest roaches regularly found indoors.

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Weather-beaten wooden door.
Is this cheating? It sort of feels like I'm cheating.
Whatever. The year's almost over, thank god.

Here, have a panda. )
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The last sunset of autumn 2010, reflected in a puddle.
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The Riverway, during the "rush hour snow event."


Since I live here, I was home already.
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Hooded mergansers. One good thing about winter is the appearance of migratory ducks on our urban waterways.
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Eastern gray squirrel eating ice. (same individual as pictured here)
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This spider was found in a shipment of crickets. The Children's Zoo staff are now keeping it in a little terrarium as a sort of mascot in their lounge. I tried to identify it but it remains unknown to me.




This orange jelly fungus is only about an inch across. It's emerging from a painted bench. It might be witch's butter, but since that species is usually found on hardwoods and is a parasite of Stereum fungi, and this bench is most likely made of pine and probably doesn't have Stereum in it, I'm leaning toward Dacrymyces, an orange jelly that grows on pines and hemlocks.




Bonus Franklin Park Sunset.
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An ice sculpture made by a leaking hydrant.


Frost lines a hole in a stone wall.
([livejournal.com profile] asakiyume found a similar hole but it was part of a better story.)

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