Category Archive: plants

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

Life and Death on a Wildflower

The Brown-eyed Susans are in bloom, and they are busy places in the insect world. This time of year there is so much wildlife moving around, I can barely keep up with editing… Continue reading

Host and Guests – Showy Primrose

Who is out and about in the Showy Primrose flowers? Another great nymph photo on BugGuide.net. This beetle is named for the Stillingia plant it is often found on. More information about it… Continue reading

Questions and Answers

Sweet Color

Fairweatherpaddler at Home Grown Heaven was asking about the sweet gum tree in my last post.  The Arbor Day Foundation tells me that its Latin name is Liquidambar styraciflua, it is native to… Continue reading

Desert Lace

These beautiful patterns are what is left after cactus pads have weathered away, showing their inner structure.  I have been trying to find information on how they form and grow, to no avail. … Continue reading

Battered but Still Beautiful

On my walks, I am accompanied by three sheep, a goat, and a dog.  One of the sheep is tan-colored, and the others are white.  Yesterday afternoon this butterfly kept landing on the… Continue reading

Host and Guest

Every now and then I find some deceased butterflies or parts of butterflies.  This is sad, but it does make them easier to identify and photograph! This sadly deceased individual is a Hackberry… Continue reading

One Point through Time – Forest Path

On the last Friday of each month, I take pictures at the same points around the farm, facing in all four directions.  Because most of the trees are pines, we don’t see a… Continue reading

Nodding Ladies Tresses

This is a small wild orchid, Spiranthes cernua, that blooms in fall and again in spring.  It is about the height and delicate size of lily-of-the-valley. There are several similar species, but they… Continue reading