May. 14, 2021

I couldn't find any orchis yesterday. But what a great walk in the woods. Nothing like rambling around the woods for a few hours. Even when all you see are old flower friends, like this golden ragwort.

May. 13, 2021

Our wild geraniums are blooming! Bet I'm not alone in watching for geraniums every spring here in southern Michigan. This year in particular. Showy orchis blooms at the same time. That Michigan rarity was recorded from a site near here more than half a century ago. I'm going there today to search again. Could it still be there? Will I find it? Stay tuned!

May. 12, 2021

I should have done this yesterday. Trillium Tuesday got by without a trillium on the blog page. I will try to use this page on Tuesdays to present new images of previously posted Trillium species, and varieties of those and of the new ones. This is a yellow variety of prairie trillium, Trillium recurvatum.

May. 11, 2021

The bladdernut shrubs were blooming for our volunteer work day last Saturday. One advantage to showing up is the walk around we often do before or after the work. So here's appreciation for those that showed up, and regrets to those that couldn't.

May. 10, 2021

Yesterday I got a message that ended with this wonderful Rachel Carson quote, "Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts". That added to the humor of the moment! The message was from an acquaintance I hadn't been in touch with for way too long. Turns out when trying to track me down, she googled my name and place. One thing that came up was a Robert Smith obit. Nope, not me. Still alive and appreciating here, and glad to get her request to use a chokeberry image. That same day, I got another laugh when I discovered that I've lost enough weight that may pants fall all the way down when I pull out the belt. You never know what life might bring! Appreciate and laugh!