Category Archive: plants

A Trip to a Research Station

Usually when I am out in nature, I am at a park or a beach, or even my own yard.  But this past weekend I was able to go to a real research… Continue reading

Beautiful Bee Balm

The tall wildflower Bee Balm attracts attention from a distance with its tall wedding cake layers, and then draws you in with layers of decorative detail. I love the two-color combination on the… Continue reading

Host and Guests — Yellow Thistle

In late March and early April these Yellow Thistles were blooming in the pasture.  The plants stand about a foot and a half tall (a half meter), and I would say the blooms… Continue reading

A Walk to Harvest Native Grass Seed

Last December, while other people were out finishing their shopping, I went out walking with a small group, to gather native grass seed from a remnant prairie.   It doesn’t look like much.… Continue reading

Host and Guests – Texas Dandelion

While gathering flowers for dye, I found a lot of different insects using the Texas Dandelion as a host plant.  You can click on the images to see them larger. If you would… Continue reading

Wasp Mimics, Plant Toxins, Possible Dyes, and Some Really Big Words

During the summer I take way more photos of bugs than I have time to identify.  As I edit them, I print one out, mark it with the date, and toss it in… Continue reading

While Waiting for the Super Moon…

…I noticed insects utilizing the dog fennel plants. Dog fennel, also known as Yankee weed, looks lovely and feathery in the summer, like asparagus fern.  But this time of year it looks blowsy… Continue reading

Nightly Forest Report

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Deep in the Heart of Textiles, in May of 2014.  When I started this blog about nature, I thought it fit better here.  I have… Continue reading

Caterpillars and Moths

We are having a warm fall, and I found two caterpillars late in October. I was excited to find this caterpillar munching on one of our invasive trees, the Chinese tallow.  If I… Continue reading

Possibly Chihuly Could Do It Justice

Dale Chihuly is one of my favorite artists.  His glass artworks are often inspired by nature, and they also complement natural settings. When I go to Las Vegas, Nevada, I always go to… Continue reading