Images of the day

Jan. 19, 2020

In another part of the west, this would be Hopi tea. This shot is not a good one. Nevertheless, I like it. Maybe because that other creature wasn't having much more luck managing the wind than I was. This flower on a long thin stem was waving around like mad. Navajo tea is indeed a tea. It has been favorably compared to traditional tea. There is a fledgling commercial attempt to grow it and/or other species in southwest Colorado. In another part of the west this would be Hopi tea. It grows in AZ, CO, MT, ND, NM, NV, UT, WY, and AB. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Saguache Co CO, 6/24/13. Aster family, Asteraceae.

Jan. 18, 2020

Barb, looking over my shoulder, "Whats that?"
"Veiny dock, from the last time at Great Sand Dunes. These fruit are actually prettier than the flowers."
Barb, "Ugly!"
"But interesting, witness this conversation."
The fruit here are what you will almost always see of this. It's sometimes called wild begonia because of this look. This was the only time I've seen it, so we don't have the option of flowers. Veiny dock grows in mostly sandy areas, and has become a pasture weed, in CA, CO, IA, ID, IN, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI, WY, AB, MB, and SK. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Saguache Co CO, 6/24/13. Buckwheat family, Polygonaceae.

Jan. 17, 2020

Heath is fairly easy to recognize among all those white asters. The bracts on the flower heads curl outward, and those heads are smaller than most others. I know one place in the county to find it, in the Irish Hills. This particular day, almost as soon as I got there, I was accosted by a guy wearing military camo and carrying a sidearm. I hadn't realized it was a protected species! Actually, it turned out I was in Michigan Militia territory. I was treated to some unusual opinions, and kept mine to myself. I didn't relish the prospect of getting chased off Prospect Hill. And I got this shot. Heath aster grows in fields and borders in every state except AK, CA, FL, HI, LA, NC, NV, and SC, and in AB, BC, MB, NS, NT, ON, QC, and SK. Lenawee Co MI, 9/19/10. Aster family, Asteraceae,

Jan. 16, 2020

This elegant cinquefoil may be the most beautiful species of Potentilla, but there are an awful lot of them to pick from. Flora of North America has 98 species; there are about 400 around the world. This one is a plant of higher altitudes in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, ND, NE, NV, SD, UT, WY, AB, MB, and SK. Clear Creek Co CO, 6/18/13.

Jan. 15, 2020

Yesterday's rue was shot in Tecumseh, on my way home from dropping grandkids at school. This honeysuckle was also found that way, climbing up a guy wire on a phone pole. It is far out of range, probably planted, but impossible to drive by. This could be a horticultural development, but with pollinators spreading those genes around, it can get very confused outside the garden.
Yellow honeysuckle usually hangs in AL, AR, GA, IL, KS, KY, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, SC, and TN. Cultivated, Lenawee Co MI, 6/12/19. Honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae.