Yamato Scrub

  • Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) enjoying a repast of Blue Dasher (

    Here there be dragons

    By / September 2, 2014

    Wow, a record for me. Three days in a row at the Yamato Scrub! My older son, Eric, surprised me midmorning on Labor Day by suggesting that we go to Yamato Scrub. I seized on the suggestion, and off we went. I brought snacks and a drink to keep him occupied, and it worked! I… Read more

  • Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) and breakfast. Yamato Scrub, August 31, 2014.

    Damsels in Distress

    By / September 1, 2014

    You may remember that I volunteer with the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resource Management from time to time, helping them clean up and maintain the natural areas here in Boca Raton. Last weekend there was a work party at Yamato Scrub, and we were there for sunrise, coffee, donuts, muffins, and—oh, yeah—work. We… Read more

  • Preemptive strike

    By / December 18, 2009

    Last year I ran across a pair of walking sticks (Anisomorpha buprestoides) during an afternoon stroll at Yamato Scrub. They were in such a visually striking pose that I had to stop and take a picture, and then read what I could find about them on the web. And it made for some interesting reading…. Read more

  • Opus, opuntia, opunt

    By / May 27, 2009

    Opuntia cacti are a successful and widespread family in the group Cactaceae, but they are not all that well understood. My first introduction to the group was as a child, when I blundered into one of them on one of those weekend fishing trips in Colorado that we took quite frequently in my salad days…. Read more

  • What’s in a name?

    By / December 9, 2008

    Really, I’m asking. What is in a name? Tarflower is a beautiful plant of Florida’s scrub and pine flatland areas. It’s a large wildflower or good-sized shrub in the Ericaceae, or heath, family. The flower is distinctive, with its 7 pinkish white petals, completely free (i.e., not joined together), arrayed around those central pistils. The common… Read more

  • When at the scrub, no need to bring your walking stick…

    By / November 23, 2008

    They have them there for you already!

  • Why Yamato Scrub? Why not?

    By / November 10, 2008

    We went to Yamato Scrub a couple of times this weekend; once very early on Saturday morning, and once again around sunset on Sunday. I just love the early morning light. Over the last year, this site really has become one of our favorite places to visit. Our first visit was back in November 2007,… Read more

  • Scrubbing, part two

    By / July 27, 2008

    As the morning wore on, the work crew wore out. The sun rose higher, the temperature followed suit, and the little pick-me-up afforded by the popsicles and other treats wore off. Good thing for this tired man that his family was standing ready to pick him up. As he returned to the truck, he phoned… Read more

  • Scrubbing

    By / July 24, 2008

    The summer sun in Florida is brutally hot. It’s almost directly overhead, and the protection supposedly afforded by Earth’s atmosphere seems marginal at best. Those who live only a short distance from the beach can look forward to the cooling effect of the sea breeze, but for those of us who are farther inland,

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