Category Archives: Mysteries

Mission Accomplished

The black specks make me think that it’s mountain cranberry, but that’s a problematic identification. Mountain cranberry is rare in Massachusetts and its status is listed as “Endangered.” According to the state’s Fisheries & Wildlife page for mountain cranberry, “only … Continue reading

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Mystery Flower #15

I spotted this peculiar hairy plant while out walking last week. This was a tough plant to identify! I looked through my field guides multiple times. I ran numerous Internet image searches. Nothing looked exactly like this plant. I was … Continue reading

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Mystery Flower #14

I found this Mystery Flower growing in the woods behind a big tree. I had a hard time getting pictures, because it was off the path and I didn’t want to step on any other plants. Plus the insects were … Continue reading

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Mystery Flower #13

As I mentioned in last Friday’s post, there is an invasive plant that is trying to take over my violets’ turf. I have been unable to identify it, and I suppose that means it’s a good subject for a Mystery … Continue reading

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Mystery Thing #7

This is not a Mystery Thing in the usual sense, because I know what it is. It is ice. Specifically, it is ice bursting out of the ground. I see a lot of this kind of ice in the woods. … Continue reading

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We Meet Again

My husband brought me an old spice jar, saying “Look who’s been stalking you!” There was something in the jar. Since the last thing that jar had held was a deer tick, and because I’ve been fretting over ticks lately, … Continue reading

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Mystery Thing #6

I used to think of beetles as being rather plain and boring. The only obvious exception I knew of was the Japanese beetle, which is a beautiful but terrible destroyer of rosebushes. This new mystery thing is brighter and prettier … Continue reading

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SITY: Mystery Flower #12

My husband gave this mystery flower a compliment. He said it looks like “a real flower.” That is, it looks something that a person might deliberately grow in a garden. I agree that it’s pretty, but it reminds me a … Continue reading

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Mystery Thing #5

OK, this is an easy one, but I had never seen one before, so I had to post a picture of it. Do you know what this is? My answer is in the comments.

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Mystery Flower #11

I haven’t had the opportunity to do much walking lately, so I’ve had to take my inspiration from closer to home. This fragrant-flowered bush grows in my backyard. I hope you like the picture because it cost me three mosquito … Continue reading

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