Images of the day

Apr. 7, 2021

Pale vetchling, here in the east, stands out from its relatives because it is white, or maybe a nice creamy shade. The rest of ours involve degrees of red and blue. And many of those are introduced, while pale vetchling is native. Out west you could find things more confused, with other pale species of Lathyrus. The Ojibwa ate the seeds and tubers, used the plant to settle their stomachs, and rubbed it on horses to make them fast in races. Pale vetchling AK, IA, ID, IL(T), IN(E), KY, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NJ(E), NY, OH(T), PA(T), SD, VT, WA, WI, WY, AB, BC, MB, NT, ON, QC, SK, and YT. Keweenaw Co MI, 7/12/14. Bean family, Fabaceae.

Apr. 6, 2021

"Millions of these dainty wee flowers, scattered through the grass of moist meadows and by the wayside, reflect the blue and the serenity of heaven in their pure, upturned faces. Where the white variety grows one might think a light snowfall had powdered the grass, or a milky way of tiny floral stars had streaked a terrestrial path." That was Neltje Blanchan in her "Wildflowers Worth Knowing" in 1917. The language was a little more flowery then, hopefully the spirit isn't far removed. She farther notes that a pot of them brought in for the winter and set on a sill will bloom through. Southern bluet grows in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, OK, TN, and TX. Martin Co FL, 1/28/13. Madder family, Rubiaceae.

Apr. 5, 2021

Here's one you've got to be familiar with. Just like those necessary guys at the water department that you know so well. You don't? Well take a moment to appreciate all those unknown helpers you depend on. Like Eleocharis. All the spikerushes are water lovers. They have a lot to do with keeping our plant's water in good shape. So the next time you see a bog, wade right in and let them know what you're thinking. Bald spikerush grows in AK, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, AB, BC, MB, MB, NF, NT, ON, QC, and SK. Ives Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/8/12. Sedge family, Cyperaceae.

Apr. 4, 2021

I was sitting in the chair and Winston flopped up on my lap to have his eras scratched. I soon became aware of a very strange dog odor. Then realized the aroma was coming from behind me, from the mantle. No longer strange. But very strange I needed that to start thinking of our blessings. It's never too late to celebrate. And to remember the prices paid so that we have them. In AL, FL, TX, and UT, Easter lilies have been reported wild.

Apr. 4, 2021

Elkweed because elk and others herbivores eat it? Or because the flowering stems grow as tall as an elk? Or because the Apache could make an elk call from the stem? Western Indians used elkweed in numerous ways for medicine, food and ceremonies. It is a very large - up to two meters - plant withvery many of these fascinatingly complex flowers that are a little under an inch across. Elkweed grows in AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY. Summit Co CO, 6/19/13. Gentian family, Gentianaceae.