Third Nature Walk: Plants

For this week's nature walk, I explored the Chestnut Hill Reservoir by myself. I walked around the res this past Sunday. It was a beautiful morning and abnormally warm for mid-October. I got to observe the vibrant, diverse colors of the leaves. I also noted how some of the trees were completely transformed, with all their leaves displaying a variation of red, orange, and yellow colors. While the leaves of other trees had not begun or had just begun to change color. As discussed in class, although many trees may look similar in terms of shape, size, and color they likely evolved from two different ancestors. These similarities may be due to convergent evolution meaning that the different species adapted similar traits due to the ecological benefits that they provide. It is also interesting to notice that some of these plants look very different - some are short with needles while others are tall with more traditional leaves, despite existing in the same environment - the reservoir.

Publicado por gepetrick gepetrick, 18 de octubre de 2022

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Octubre 16, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

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Árbol del Cielo (Ailanthus altissima)

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Octubre 16, 2022 10:07 AM EDT

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Octubre 16, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

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Enebro de Virginia (Juniperus virginiana)

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Octubre 16, 2022 10:11 AM EDT

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Hierba Carmín (Phytolacca americana)

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Octubre 16, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

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