Captain Forster

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The weather was wonderful for an afternoon walk at Captain Forster Preserve on Saturday, March 5. Smiles abound at the end of the main trail at the Atlantic Ocean.

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Special thanks to Janie Gould (Class of 2016) who researched — and shared — some of the the history of the Preserve at the beginning of our walk in the parking lot on Jungle Trail, while we checked the vestiges of an old homestead …

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After our walk to the ocean, many of us delighted in the awesome annual hospitality of Joyce (Class of 2008) and Dave Thompson (pictured below) …

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Dave showed escorted many of us form the main trail to a “secret” trail through a handsome hammock of simpsons stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans) …

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This plant is much less ubiquitous at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. A few large specimens can be found a bit “off of the beaten path”. The landscape specimens in the parking lot flowered during January of this year.

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Also known as nakedwood stopper for reasons seen above, this plant is quite attractive to pollinators and has its own gall-makers.

 

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