Exploring Today

Teegate

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Jessica and I headed to the Quarter Mile area early this morning and spent a few hours exploring. On the tracks Jessica spotted this ribbon snake.

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Very curious until Jessica tried to pick it up, then not so much. The white marking in front of the eye distinguishes it.

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Quarter Mill is looking good. Not growing back as fast as if it had burned, but still doing well.

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Not a plant expert but around an old campfire there may be Phragmites????
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On the way back along High Crossing Road we had to bypass this puddle.

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The bypass had some deep spots and here is Jessica making sure she did not go over her boots.

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Spung-Man

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It sure looks like Phragmites to me too, which arrived here in western Atlantic County over the last decade. The foothold seems to be power-line right-of-ways where service roads are crossed. My hunch is that seeds might be hitch-hiking on maintenance equipment. Twenty years ago Phragmites stands popped up seemingly overnight when a half-century-old stand of American holly were removed in a right-of-way in Broad Neck woods east of Elmer.

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