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Old Jan 18, 2010, 7:06 AM   #1
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Not much time for photography this past weekend - busy with a park special event. But I did notice that our tamest GB Heron was out enjoying the icier parts of the park lake.
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Old Jan 18, 2010, 7:07 AM   #2
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Also, with winter in full swing, our Ring-Billed Gull population is definitely increasing. Their favorite perch - some of the lights at the marina. Maybe the lights keep their feet warm?
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And I continue to add photos to our park files, to help us teach winter tree identification. Thought some might enjoy the rather unusual bark on Winged Elm, and wintry fruit of our Sycamore trees.
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Old Jan 18, 2010, 7:10 AM   #4
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Should have more time this week out on park trails, and hope to have some time to share some more outdoor views. Hope you liked this little glimpse, and glad for any comments/critique!
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Nice shots Mole, the juvenile Gull in the rear is perhaps encountering his first winter.

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I love the detail on the winged elm, mole. I have seen these trees all my life, but didn't know what they were.

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nice ones, Mole!
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Interesting to see the Winged Elm - love the texture of the bark. Sycamores are common around my office, so I have lots of chances to photograph them. Your pod (fruit?) is very nicely done.
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Lou - Thanks! Yes, and let's hope he is respectful of his elders!!

Paul - Glad you enjoyed it! The official term for those winglike growths is "corky excrescences." Sweetgum trees have them too. (and probably some other species...)

GW - Thanks!

Harriet - Is your western Sycamore the same species as ours? Did not know they were found out your way...
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Not sure if our Sycamores are the same as yours - they are a common species, grow well here and are often used for landscaping. They are pretty trees and have neat bark.
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