Along the Air Line... 2015 - Summer, Part 3
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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July 8th.  Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria).









Butter-and-eggs or Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris).



Any doubt that it's in the Snapdragon family (Scrophulariaceae)?






Red Milkweed Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus).



Small Milkweed Bug (Lygaeus kalmii).



Blackberries (Rubus sp.) are maturing.



Most likely Chinese Chestnut (Castanea mollissima) is blooming near the Route 207 Air Line Trail crossing in Amston, CT. The scent is incredible! I don't know how to describe it; not especially sweet, kinda herbal, overpowering and addictive.






Male flowers as catkins; females round and green. The latter will mature into spiny balls nearly 3" in diameter, splitting to release several large chestnuts.















July 9th.  Common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum).






Close-up view of the first Goldenrod (Solidago sp.) of summer to bloom.



Chicory (Cichorium intybus).



Blue or Old-field Toadflax (Linaria canadensis).






A cloudy cool early afternoon bike ride from Route 85 to Leonard Bridge Road in Lebanon.  Day-lily (Hemerocallis fulva).






Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis).



Field Milkwort (Polygala sanguinia) is just starting to open.






Yellow-orange Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria, var. formosa).



Another Amanita species but I won't guess which one.



Back from Lebanon, I took a quick peek at the goslings at Distillery Pond on the Colchester Spur.



July 10th.  A walk on the Colchester Spur after overnight rain.  I think this must be the same Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) that I see near Distillery Pond each time I'm there.









Getting ready to bolt.



A Large Lace-Border (Scopula limboundata).



Bouncing Bet (Saponaria officinalis).  It varies from pink... white.



Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia), a personal favorite.






Common or Cow Vetch (Vicia cracca).



July 11th.  A female Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) with one duckling.






I've never noticed the metallic blue and pruple wing bars.  Perhaps they're more visible during a molt?



Sumac (Rhus sp.).



Spotted Wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata).






Bracted Plantain or Buckhorn (Plantago aristata).