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I've decided that in 2014 Urban Nature Walks will be scheduled for the last Sunday of every month. I was planning to go to Constitution Beach but last Sunday was not a good beach day (lots of rain--better for the woods), so I postponed it by one week. Constitution Beach is in East Boston--the same neighborhood as Logan Airport.

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Urban Nature Pictures 6/12

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The gap left by a weeping willow killed by the wind opens a new view on the Public Garden.


Some mushrooms growing along Columbus Avenue.

Slushy time at the big River

Me and Charlie in the Arnold Arboretum

Yesterday we took the dogs down to the Charles River, in Allston.
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Urban Species by streetlight

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This was an experiment, to see if I could get decent pictures with my camera at night, by streetlight. These were taken in the Fenway, in the Victory Garden.

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Urban species #028: Weeping willow Salix babylonica*

Native to China, this large, spreading tree is appreciated for it's unusual, drooping branches. This form can be artificially cultivated in other urban trees, such as cherry, but naturally occurs in the weeping willow. Often planted in city parks near water, it is an uncommonly thirsty tree. Ducks may nest in its vast spreading root structure, squirrels den in cavities in the wide trunk, the canopy of dangling branches gently sweeping the ground invite a picnic. Though exotic, weeping willow is not considered invasive in the United States, except Hawaii.

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*The trees in these photographs are probably golden weeping willow, Salix x sepulcralis 'Chrysocoma', a hybrid that is cold-tolerant and can grow much taller than S. babylonica.

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