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Great blue heron in New England lily pond on a midsummer evening
Male northern cardinal in white spruce tree
Red fox in snow stopping to look. Taken in Connecticut.
Flowering dogwood in the wild, at the edge of woods in Washington, Connecticut
Mushrooms under conifers in the Connecticut woods, possibly members of the genus Amanita, which contains some of the deadliest mushrooms, including the death cap and destroying angel
Male red fox, or dog, sleeping in the open on the snow, despite a cold drizzle. Note how the fox, well adapted for the cold, wraps his bushy tail around his body to stay warm, and tucks his nose into his fur. Foxes have other adaptations for the cold, including long and thick coats, more fur on their footpads than domestic dogs (for warmth and better grip in snow), and the ability to conserve body heat by reducing circulation to their paws. Their cold-resistant feet, long legs in relation to their bodies, and light builds allow them to move well even in deep snow. Some mammalogists believe the red foxes original to North America, as opposed to their present-day descendants, which may have hybridized with the subspecies introduced from Europe, were restricted to boreal and mountainous regions. This sleepy fox was photographed in the hills of rural Washington, Connecticut.
Snakeskin liverwort (Conocephalum salebrosum) on rock in stream. Liverworts are primitive nonvascular wetland plants (not mosses). Their name comes from their liver-like lobes, and the old belief that they cured liver disease. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, "The most ancient liverwort fossils known provide the earliest evidence of plants colonizing the land." These fossils are over 470 million years old.
Curious red squirrel on brush pile in winter. Taken at a nature reserve in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Adult male wild turkey strutting in spring
Male northern cardinal looking up because he is about to take off
Wave in Connecticut's Bantam River
Curious eastern gray squirrel climbing sugar maple in the Connecticut woods
Black bear in tall grass
Balcony at Hollister House in Washington, Connecticut, site of one of the state's most beautiful gardens
Male wild turkeys in bare winter woods. Taken in Connecticut.
Male rose-breasted grosbeak turned to camera, showing his colors. Taken in Connecticut.
Skunk cabbage on riverbank in early spring
Male wild turkey displaying in spring, the mating season (horizontal)
Broken and boarded-up windows of abandoned factory
Donkey grazing on fall weeds in a Connecticut pasture
Medium close-up of monarch butterfly feeding on goldenrod in September
Monarch butterfly perched diagonally on New England asters, in a pollinator meadow at Hidden Valley Preserve in Washington, Connecticut. Taken in late summer/early fall, as eastern monarchs migrate to Mexico.
Red oak reaching over a New England river into the light in summer, with a hint of river motion
Fresh pileated woodpecker borings in white pine tree, deep in the Connecticut woods
Old town hall building of the Morris Historical Society in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Bark meets moss at the bottom of a tree trunk in the Connecticut woods
Male white-breasted nuthatch (black cap while female's is gray), puffed up to stay warm on a frigid winter day in Connecticut, pausing on a white-spruce branch on the way to a bird feeder
Bark of white birch (aka paper birch) tree in strong sunlight
Ruby-throated hummingbird at a backyard feeder in Connecticut
Blue jays in bush surrounded by red berries
Cow interrupted while grazing stares at camera. Taken in rural Connecticut.
Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) infestation on underside of eastern hemlock branch in Connecticut. This tiny sapsucking insect from Asia, discovered in Virginia in 1951, is a major killer of eastern hemlocks, which are vitally important to Northeastern forest ecosystems. HWA is named for its woolly egg masses. Thanks to introduction of the Japanese ladybeetle, a predator of HWA, many hemlocks in Connecticut have survived since the first waves of tree mortality some 35 years ago.
Face to face with a Virginia opossum in the snow
Scarlet oak tree on a New England hillside in a fall rainstorm
Red fox looking and listening for prey in rural Connecticut
White-tailed deer in marsh ferns at edge of pond near pink mountain laurel
Pink peony, vertical, against green foliage in a meadow
American beech leaves soon after opening in spring, some still tinged with red, others entirely green. Sugar stored in the leaves for growth has been converted to a red pigment that will metabolize, turning the whole leaf green. The red also protects the young leaves from the sun.
Pileated woodpecker holes in trunk of white ash tree
Black cherry (Prunus serotina), an eastern North American tree with distinctive bark
Pink peony, horizontal, against green foliage in a meadow
Wooded swamp in Connecticut, with skunk cabbage, ferns, and tree with holes from pileated woodpecker
Co-ed rowing teams on Bantam Lake in Connecticut at sunset
Maroon-colored skunk cabbage in patch of moss on New England riverbank in March
Monarch butterfly on New England aster in pollinator meadow, with grass stalk in background. Taken in late summer/early fall at Hidden Valley Preserve in Washington, Connecticut, as eastern monarchs migrate to Mexico.
Black bear with ear tags in a yard in rural Connecticut after tipping over a bird feeder (in the background)
Immature bald eagle with spread wings over Bantam Lake in Connecticut, showing the extensive white underparts. Though immatures are no smaller than adults, it takes about five years for them to develop the familiar white head and tail.
Close-up of heartwood of fallen white ash tree killed by the emerald ash borer, an Asian insect that has destroyed hundreds of millions of ashes after appearing in eastern North America in 2002. Taken in Connecticut.
Male pileated woodpecker on log in the Eastern Forest
The deeply fissured and strangely beautiful bark of a large eastern cottonwood, a poplar that is common on riverbanks. One of the fastest-growing trees in its range. Taken in Connecticut.
Male wild turkey crossing a meadow
Bright woodland meadow dominated by common milkweed
Wet woods in Connecticut with a ground cover of ferns, at dusk in late June
An oak tree fallen across the wild and scenic Bantam River in Washington, Connecticut. If a tree falls in the forest...
Eastern chipmunk feeding on moss-covered tree stump
Red fox with paw in the air crossing fall meadow in Connecticut
Fallen tree in New England woods, late summer. Taken along the wild and scenic Bantam River in Washington, Connecticut.
Tom turkey displaying (aka strutting) in spring to attract a nearby hen
Covered bushes in front of white colonial-style house on a country road in Washington, Connecticut, with snow in the foreground. People cover their bushes in New England to protect them from harsh winter weather.
Close-up of bloodroot flower in early spring. A wildflower of eastern North America, bloodroot is named for its red sap.