I stumbled upon a solitary mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) flower yesterday while walking around Lake Mohonk in New Paltz. It isn’t the prettiest mountain laurel flower, but it was DECEMBER 27th, approximately six (!) months before one would expect a mountain laurel flower in this area. This December has been the warmest on record for the area, I think, and Christmas Eve was almost 70 °F (!!). Crazy, and really, really sad. This flower isn’t alone, apparently — the New York Times has a compilation of strange phenology across the country.
If you’d like to see photographs of prettier mountain laurel at Mohonk, here are photographs I took a few summers ago.
Posted in Biology, Gardening, Photography
Tagged blooming, climate change, flower, flowering, global warming, Kalmia latifolia, Lake Mohonk, Mohonk, Mohonk Mountain House, mountain laurel, New Paltz, phenology, plant, temperature, warm, warming
I took this photograph on January 31st while wearing a t-shirt. I like flowers and insects and warm weather, but I sure miss the discrete seasonality of my youth. Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), growing in the Crum Woods, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.
Posted in Biology, Photography, Science
Tagged carbon dioxide, climate change, crum woods, ephemeral, Eranthis hyemalis, fossil fuels, global warming, greenhouse gasses, spring, swarthmore college, winter aconite