Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tiny flowers


This afternoon, I discovered these tiny flowers blooming in my yard. For reference, the tiny flowers are surrounded by pine straw so you can get a sense of their diminutive size. A nice surprise on this lovely afternoon.

Also observed a migrating Monarch butterfly, the first of the season, flying diligently north.



Silver dollar plant

Does anyone remember as a child being fascinated by silver dollar plants or money plants? Those silver dollar size papery flat pods on long stems? I was. My grandmother grew them and would cut the silvery discs from her flower garden and hand them out to the grandchildren. A warm memory. Years later, remembering those plants, I decided to grow my own. Here's a photo of the beautiful flower of the silver dollar plant and just to the right of the flower the beginning growth of the silver dollar seed pod. When I visit the plant in my garden, I always think of my grandmother.



Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms blooming in my yard. Also saw my first dragonfly of the season yesterday and, this morning, a butterfly and a Carolina Anole puffing out his cherry-red dewlap in mating behavior.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017


I love you Earth

Earth is beautiful,
You is beautiful,
I is beautiful,
Sky is beautiful,
Land is beautiful,
Ocean is beautiful,
Plant is beautiful,
Animal is beautiful,
Insect is beautiful,
Bird is beautiful.

The world rejoices

Monday, March 27, 2017

Early spring delights

A quiet and peaceful walk around the trails of the North Carolina Botanical Garden revealed some early blooms and foragers.


The pretty goblet-like cups of Carolina Silverbells.


A bumble bee seeking nectar from the Silverbells.


A delicate and nearly ephemeral early Iris.


A trillium in lovely ruby and green variegated colors.


And an amusing surprise awaited along one of the trails.


A whimsical woodland creature, out and about, enjoying nature as much as me.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

2016 A Photographic log, Part II


Frittalaria, North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Wild Maine blueberries, Acadia National Park, Maine


Rain forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


White-marked tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia leucosstigma)
Holly Springs, North Carolina


Shasta daisy, Holly Springs, North Carolina


Trillium grandiflorum, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina


Mark Island lighthouse, Winter Harbor, Maine


Fall migrating Monarch butterfly, Holly Springs, NC


Mountain stream, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


Prickly pear cactus bloom, Holly Springs, North Carolina


Shelf fungus on a log, Acadia National Park, Maine


Yellow-bellied slider, American Tobacco Trail, Durham, North Carolina


Tiny cabin, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


Black rat snake, American Tobacco Trail, Durham, North Carolina


A tree root hugging an oval rock, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee



Saturday, March 18, 2017

2016 A Photographic Log, Part I



Great blue heron and turtles, American Tobacco Trail, Durham, North Carolina


Cosmos, Holly Springs, North Carolina


Storm over the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee


A leaf slowing giving up its chlorophyll to autumn, Holly Springs, North Carolina


Dendrobium Orchid, Holly Springs, North Carolina


 Elk, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina


 Fog rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean at Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park, Maine


 Fall migrant, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Holly Springs, North Carolina


Frye pond, Massachusetts


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


Spider orb web in the morning light showing the supporting threads for the radials and iridescence, Holly Springs, North Carolina


 Willets and chicks, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina


Tide Pool, Acadia National Park, Maine


Mountain stream, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee


Circumhorizontal arc, Holly Springs, North Carolina