Archive for June, 2011

June 30, 2011

Mushroom week [4]

Coupla shrooms

Juuuuust a cute little couple. Probably the same family as the first fungus I featured on this blog. These are the most common ‘shrooms I see after a rain.

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June 29, 2011

X is for Xanthous

I know they're a little on the orange side, but bear with me here.

After racking my brains for a sensible X word (X-ray! Xylophone! Xenophobe! I’ve got photos of none of those!), I leafed through a dictionary (X chromosome! Xebec, a three-masted Mediterranean ship! Xenon, an invisible gas! also helpful!), and finally started browsing dictionary.com, which recently updated its Flash or had a security breach or something, so I get a creepy error message every time I view the definition for a word.

NEVERTHELESS! I have discovered that “xanthous” means “yellow.” And these mushrooms are yellow-ish!

And there we have it.

June 28, 2011

Mushroom week [2]

Slimy!

I’d never seen brown slimy mushrooms like these before! Mushroom identification guides sometimes draw attention to “viscid/ glutinous” caps, so I figured that’s what these are.

…however, the dripping dissolving caps make me wonder if they’re just disintegrating from some toxic chemical shower or something.

June 27, 2011

Mushroom week kickoff

Mushy!

Because of all the rain we’ve had these past couple weeks, we’ve had a lot of mushroom growth.

Because of all the mushroom growth, I have been photographing fungi like a maniac.

While I was kneeling with my chin on the grass, trying to get a good exposure, people kept coming up to me and asking if I was okay.

For the sake of having somewhere to feature all these great mushrooms (and making my embarrassment worthwhile), I hereby declare it MUSHROOM WEEK here on the New Providence Daily Photoblog. We’ll begin the week with this guy! Hello brown mushroom. You look lovely today.

June 26, 2011

Farmer’s Market!

Fresh food shoppers on a Sunday morning!

On Maple and DeForest, in downtown Summit, the Summit Farmer’s Market bustles every Sunday from June 5-November 20 (2011), 8:00am-1:30pm.

It’s more spread-out than a lot of the farmer’s markets I’ve seen, but that’s not for lack of tenants—it’s a big parking lot!

They’ve got the standard fresh produce, baked goods, as well as sausage, cheese, fish, honey, and more! Check out this link for a better description of specific vendors.

(Added plus: it’s a lot more convenient for me than New Providence’s farmer’s market, which is held on Wednesday afternoons when I’m still at work.)

June 25, 2011

Electricity!

There's a Schoolhouse Rock song about electricity! You should hear it if you don't know it.

This is [one of?] New Providence’s electrical substation[s], at 11 Floral Avenue. It’s right next to the New Providence Firehouse, which is in an area of Murray Hill primarily comprised of giant sprawling corporate buildings (not residences).

I like electricity. Don’t you? Here’s a song about it.
(Electricity – Schoolhouse Rock)

June 24, 2011

Goodyear!

The Spirit of Goodyear!

One of the four Goodyear Blimps (in the world! three in the U.S.) passed over my apartment! According to Wikipedia’s identification guide and the Goodyear website’s current deployment map, this is The Spirit of Goodyear.

It was pretty loud. At first I assumed it was a low-flying plane, but it just kept getting closer and closer. And then I looked out my window, and there it was, and by the time I ran outside to get a photo, this was the best I could do.

But still! Pretty cool, no?

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June 23, 2011

Popcorn rhododendron

Popcorn flower?

I spent nearly an hour trying to figure out what the heck this plant is. It’s some kind of giant weed/ shrub/ tree, and its leaves are the size of saucers, and judging by the funny two-inch flowers, it’s probably in the rhododendron family.

The flowers unfold like kernels of popcorn. When they’re halfway between tiny hard berry-like buds and the full flower, they look like someone took big fluffy bits of popcorn and stuck them on stems.

This encompasses my whole knowledge of this plant. If you have additional information, please let me know in the comments!

June 22, 2011

W is for White-Tailed Deer

You can't see her tail here, but she did flick it at me.

Deer are a common sight in suburbia. They destroy gardens by nibbling, and they destroy cars (and themselves, and sometimes the drivers) by jumping into highways at night. A lot of people don’t like having them around.

But a lot of people, I’ve noticed, enjoy watching them.

…which usually involves being watched, too.

June 21, 2011

Salt Brook Character

Crossing the Salt Brook!

The Salt Brook Elementary School, named for the Salt Brook that winds through New Providence, was recently named one of forty-eight “National Schools of Character” for 2011. Apparently there are some criteria for developing excellent character at elementary schools, and Salt Brook met them.

Interestingly, of those forty-eight schools all over the entire country, 15 of them are in Missouri, eight of them are in New Jersey, and the other 25 are spread out around the other 48 states. Don’t get me wrong, I love my state, but I do suspect not everyone submitted an application.

Aaaaaanyway, congratulations to Salt Brook School! Rock on, Educational System. Rock on.

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