Dec. 2, 2021

These strawberry plants were on a roadside not far from the blue-eyed-grass. Roadside mowing seemed to have stimulated them to produce more dense and numerous flower clusters. Another chance! I have shot strawberries so many times, and I'm still not satisfied. Never the perfect subject at the perfect moment. Keeps us going!

Dec. 1, 2021

There's a cleared area of exposed clay just west of town that's kind of fun to walk across. Because of the poor soil and shallow water table, things that grow there are a little different. Like this strict blue-eyed-grass. This is the only record of the species for this county. It's going to be hard to resist moving some of it to the gravel pit area of Ives Preserve. It should be right at home there?

Nov. 30, 2021

These female flowers - yes, those tiny red things - are what the acorns start from. You know, what the mighty oak grows from? Except this is dwarf chestnut oak that never gets much more than head high at Ives Preserve.

Nov. 29, 2021

Seems to me if you're going to name yourself after a plant, you would figure out how to recognize that plant.  Ohio buckeyes (yesterday's image here) are a fun example for wolverines.  We know what a wolverine looks like.  But buckeyes seem to have a lot of difficulty spotting buckeyes.  

Nov. 28, 2021

It's amazing how many people ought to know the answer, but don't. How proud can they be?