Fall days




One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

It’s a beautiful blue berry–

–but what is it?

Leave me a guess in the comments and I’ll check back later with your answer!


We’ve posted this plant before, but not shown its fall berry. Here’s a photo clue with the leaves.

Mile-a-Minute Weed, Persicaria perfoliata, is an invasive plant that grows like the name suggests–very quickly. It also is sometimes called tearthumb or Asiatic Tearthumb, which is a good name with those little thorns.  A post we made a year ago in the summer contains links to learn more, but you should be wary if you see this pretty berry and its triangular leaf. And you should pull it before it looks like this:

Or this, covering your native plants like it has on our nearby golf course.

It’s sad, because under that mess were some nice blackberry bushes.

S is for Squirrels!

Yes, folks, squirrels.

And everything we love–

Big oak trees,


Leaf nests,


Sunning on your decks

Running on the golf course.

This is our squirrel world and we love it.

 You see, today is Earth Day.

We hope you love your world, too. Maybe you’ll take care of it for all of us?

Happy Earth Day!


One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

These aren’t the sharpest photos, but I must admit both Nutmeg and I had to run for cover and were shaking more than a little when we nearly bounded into the path of this hawk on the golf course.

Mystery #144

Mystery #144

Mystery #144

Question is, what kind of hawk is it? Can any of you humans make out the markings well enough you have a better guess than we do?  (Yes, we’re also admitting this is a mystery for us!)

I’ll check back in later to see what guesses you have!


Well folks, we don’t have a firm identification on this one. Our best guess is the bird is a Northern Harrier. We studied Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology page on the Northern Harrier and like the match of the V-shped wings as it glides and the black wingtips. There is a hint of a white rump patch in the flight photos. Possibly this bird was a juvenile and didn’t have all his white feathers there? The male Northern Harrier does have a white underside.

Thanks for playing along!

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Here’s a close up of part of a native plant.

Mystery # 142

That’s the only hint I’m giving for this week’s mystery!

See you later!


Does this help any?

Common Milkweed Pod

Or this?

Common Milkweed seeds

Our close up is the seeds of a Common Milkweed, lined up in their pod before the wind and weather have lifted them by the fluff and blown them to a new growing location.

Common Milkweed growing on Reston National Golf Course

Monarch butterflies and other insects are lucky enough to have stands of milkweed on the Reston National Golf Course and many other open space meadows in Reston.