Tuesday, May 21, 2013
As I wandered around looking for milkweeds, I saw a number of Monarch Butterlies cruising the airways, but none landed on the Dogbane or Purple Milkweed. I suspect they were waiting for their favorite species to bloom, That would be the Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. In this particular area that could be another couple of weeks.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
[Photo of False Solomon's Seal accidentally deleted from this spot during editing. I'm going to wait until I get near a decent WiFi connection before trying to fix it.]
At the roadside that marks the spot, there are many Western Dog Violets blooming. They are quite short and fairly well-hidden by the taller wild grasses, Mugwort, and other foliage. This is the only species of violet around here that's violet or blue, most of the others being yellow. And we have a white species, Macloskey's Violet. This one is Viola adunca.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I like living on the edge, too, but I'm more reluctant to move than I once was. I do tend be be "on edge" a lot about the speed with which edges move and how natural areas are getting overwhelmed with development, even so-called sustainable development, one of my favorite oxymorons. One of my goals for this blog is to raise awareness of and sensitivity to beautiful plants, animals, fungi, and interrelationships going on all around us that are often overlooked or undervalued in the course of our too busy and materialistic lives. Thought for the day: Take a walk, a slow walk, without headphones.