TIM PURTELL PHOTOS
Latin Name: Robinia pseudoacacia
Tree stats: Black locust is native to Pennsylvania and Iowa and south from Georgia to Oklahoma. This fast-growing but relatively short-lived tree usually tops out at 50 feet and spans 25 feet wide. Over time, the trunk and older branches develop a thick, furrowed bark in handsome contrast to the delicacy of the tree’s pale green, oval-shaped leaves. In June, black locusts are resplendent with clusters of white, fragrant flowers.
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTO
What I won’t be having this October.
I’ve been quite remiss this season, indulging in reminiscences as well as plant histories, instead of doing what I think I’m supposed to be doing, which is to coax, harry, and generally assail you all into completing the chores you should have completed. But that stops right now. We need both to look ahead and behind and check ourselves. Have we been doing what we should have been doing? Are we where we should be, given the time of year? Let’s check.
TIM PURTELL PHOTOS
Latin Name: Aesculus hippocastanum
Locations: A week ago common horsechestnut trees were in full bloom in various parts of the Island. Some stood out along Smith Street and a large specimen commanded attention in front of Havens House.
REPORTER FILE PHOTO
“Exploring Long Island’s Shipwrecks” with speaker Michael Salvarezza of Eco-Photo Explorers is being presented by the Shelter Island Historical Society on Saturday, June 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Havens House.
Events and activities on Shelter Island.
Kids can visit Mashomack Preserve with the Youth Center for “Prowling for Owls” to learn about owls and have a snack on Thursday, May 30, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids will be brought from school to the Preserve on the Recreation bus, parents pick up at the Preserve. (631) 749-0309, shelterislandtown.us.
SHELTER ISLAND SCHOOL PHOTOS
From left, Luca Martinez, Jalill Carter, Hayden Rylott, Ben Waife, Mrs. Taylor, Bella Springer, Elijah Davidson, Noah Topliff, Bazzy Quigley-Dunning, Angelina Rice, Madigan Teodoru, Andrea Napoles, Cassandra Espinoza, Kathy Ramos Nieves, Ariana Carter and Lily Page.
Under the direction of the Nature Conservancy’s Cindy Belt and Shelter Island teacher Carolyn Taylor, Shelter Island School’s earth science class had a fantastic day completing a field lab at Mashomack last month. Skills included map and chart reading, orienting with compasses to find a “pregnant tree,” a glacial erratic, a glacier re-enactment, observing soil horizons and reviewing types of rocks.