That’s about all the substantial commentary I’ve got. I walked down to the river yesterday for the first time since about mid-May. In that time, the mosquitoes have moved in and they suck out your soul in addition to your blood. There are also nettles up to your armpits. This is just nature’s way of saying, have fun!
1. There were these violet-y plants by the riverside that were just beginning to shed their petals.
2. There’s gonna be lots of reflections and scraggly brush in these pictures. Brace yourself. If you can’t handle it, you might need to get up, walk around, and do something else in between viewings of three or four pictures.
6. I saw many shriveled leaves on vines (wild grape, I’m guessing); these ones appear to bearing some kind of gall on their margins.
7. Detail of grape leaf
8. Mystery bug on grape leaf
9. Mullein, a biennial, blooming in its second year.
10. Something in the Brassica (mustard) family
11. Sumac leaf
12. Old washed-up trees. AVERT YOUR EYES.
16. The mullein — the tall skinny stuff on the left — is all over the riverbanks right now. They have cool forms.
18. I can always count on the river to wash up fresh rusted junk.
19. Things used to be growing on this riverbank. Then it stopped raining for like a month and a half.
22. Some good old honest river scum forming a reticulated pattern in a kind of little temporary inlet.
25. Curly dock. I just became vexed because I could not remember the name of this plant. I knew its named contained at least one word beginning with a d and one ending with a y and the only word that was coming to me was dropsy. Not even close.
26. Shell in river pebbles
28. Here are some abnormal grape leaves.
29. They are not supposed to have such skinny malformed leaves or that streaking pattern. These are consistent with symptoms of viral infections, but as I learned in plant pathology, diagnosing plant disease is a little more involved than “blogger looks at a plant and guesses a thing.”
30. I just like things that have drifted ashore.
32. This is like a woodland mammal transfer station, this little stretch of river.