Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
These are the opened seed pods of the blackberry lily. You can understand the
derivation of the name.
This is a walking stick on one of our Buddhist prayer flags.
Walking sticks (Phasmatodea or Phasmida) are common in
our woods. Their interesting behaviors include entering a
motionless state that can be maintained for long periods.
They can perform a side to side swaying motion reflecting
leaves and twigs in the breeze. Their mating behavior is
extraordinary because of the long duration of their coupling.
An Indian species had the world's outdoor coupling record
of 79 days.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Gomphrena globosa These little purple balls are my second
favorite flower. They bloom for more than a month and the dried flower heads
will re-seed next year. My last flowers lasted almost 10 years but this is a new
source group for the garden edge or a container.
Bonus: The praying mantis (Mantodea) is on one of my azalea bushes. It utilizes
camouflage for safety and for hunting. This flying insect is an ambush predator
which grasps its prey with spiked forelegs. It has been noted to have a natural
rocking motion swaying from side to side which is of unknown significance.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Convolvulaceae The flowers unfurl to bloom in the morning
and begin to fade as the edges begin to fold in. We did not
have a good year for morning glories as they needed more water than we
were able to provide.
The edges are folding in.
Bonus: Jan found this magnificent butterfly just outside the window.
It looks like a Gray Pansy butterfly (Junonia atlites) but apparently they occur in southeast Asia. Any ideas?
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Also spiderflower and beeplant. Order Brassicales and Family Cleomaceae.
It re-seeds itself annually on the front yard berm. It is hot botanically because studies
can show a developmental progression from C3 to C4 photosynthesis with the possibility
of finding how this evolutionary change takes place.