Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Flower for the Day Celosia 9-28-16

Celosia are among my favorites  because of their color and the ease with which their seeds can be collected for next years growth. They are in the amaranth  family and their flower heads grow into several shapes. With fasciation* the heads are shaped like rooster coxcombs.

*Fasciation is a fusion of parts resulting in a flat ribbon like structure

Monday, September 26, 2016

Flower for the Day Zinnia IV

These are the last of the zinnias. They just keep blooming and they get so tall that they bend
to the ground and when they get to the ground the turn their flower head back up to the sun.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Zinnia III

These red zinnias show up in several different forms.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Flower for the Day Zinnia II 9-23-16

This zinnia is providing nurture to a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio troilus). It is also called the green-clouded butterfly when the blue is replaced by green.. This year I have seen many of these swallowtails but no monarchs.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Flower for the Day Zinnia I 9-22-16

How about some zinnias for a few days. I have them in many colors and shapes. I love to see them
grow from seed as they last into late fall.


Zinnia…garland of evening; I yield to such innocent blush; xanthic as your moonlight's hue winging along the field's minty air-- vulnerable are those eyes that can unleash a charm seen only by a few. Time and again, a mild gloss shimmers on your curved outline releasing petal drops ever quietly : crepe tassels bobbing to peep among embroidered leaves offering sweet incense for nightfall's prints etched unto meadows, wafting with tuneful lilts of stems bathed in dew. Oh, you kindle a twirl with floral sisters jigging daintily as if to pull me closer in a prance; the one I dream about high on a wood's lucent trail. Gently, my arms swing around, back and forth until I lay on your zinnia confetti embracing my tingled flesh, limbs, deep within your moistened soil… oh how corollas glaze into my Asian sky, breathlessly dressed by night, leaves flickering as you wave goodbye when summer ends! ------------- First ever Z Y X contest Sponsor: john lawless 10/12/2015

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Flower for the Day Aspen Daisy and

I love portraits of flowers. This one was taken on a trail out of Upper Beaver Meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park last month. It is the last of my Colorado series. Beside the downed aspen tree are colorful asters. The lavender flower is an Aspen Daisy (Erigeron specious) an aster with its many thin rays and yellow central disk. I am not certain of the name of the yellow flowers. Can anyone help me here?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Don's Blog Classic Question 9-17-16

"If a tree falls in the dark of night in the side yard and everyone is asleep 
does it make a sound"

The answer: No (At least no one I know heard it).

Flower for the Day Queens Crown 9-17-16

Queens Crown (Rhodiola rhodantha) alsoRose Crown is a sedum  in the stonecrop family. These were filling a meadow by Long Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area near Ward, Colorado.

"Rhodiola rhodantha is a succulent plant, with thick, fleshy leaves growing close together in a regular arrangement all along the stem. Those towards the upper end turn bright red as they mature, starting at the edges, while all become red as they start to wither. Stems are topped with a rounded cluster of red or pink flowers; each has 5 or 6 small petals, pointing upwards, surrounded by the same number of pointed sepals. Inside are reddish stamens with dark purple tips, and a split stigma, while underneath are reddish bracts.

They  inhabit wet areas of mountains, up to 12,000 feet, found most commonly in bogs or along streambanks. This species is very similar to rhodiola integrifolia (king's crown), differences being the generally lighter flower color, and the shape of the flower cluster (rounded rather than flat-topped)."

I try to remember the name of the more common queens crown as the one with the rounded flower head.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Flower for the Day Juniper Berry

A juniper berry is the female seed cone produced by the various species of junipers. It is not a true berry but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give it a berry-like appearance. The cones from a handful of species, especially Juniperus communis, are used as a spice, particularly in European cuisine, and also give gin its distinctive flavour.
Also I love to look a them.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Flower for the Day Indian Pipe 9-11-16

Yesterday after a concert by folk singer RJ Cowdery ( at the Historic Log Cabin at Innsbrook Missouri, my friend and wild flower enthusiast Barb showed me the very rare Indian Pipe flower. Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora) or ghost plant, is an herbaceous perennial  which is scarce in occurrence.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Don's Blog The Overflow II Giant Cataract

video videoHere are two brief clips of the Aspen Lake Spillway Cataract.

Don's Blog The Overflow 9-10-16

I have  sent this image of Lake Aspen before so what is going on here? It does look like you would need hip boots to get to the picnic table.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Flower for the Day Bistort 9-9-16

Bistort is an alpine meadow flower which also was found in Greenland last year.

I love the pink tint which is almost indiscernible.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Flower for the Day Sticky Geranium 9-5-16

The sticky geranium is an alpine flower in the rose family. Thanks to Jackie for the ID.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Flower for the Day Yellow Coneflower 9-4-16

Yellow coneflowers (Ratibida pinnata) grow to over 5 feet tall. They are hardy
and last for months with minimal water.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Flower for the Day Alpine White Gentian 9-2-16

This year the white gentian was very common in alpine and subalpine meadows.
It thrives in full sun.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Flower for the Day Blue Gentian 9-1-16

There was a whole field of blue gentians in a peaceful meadow by the Cache La Poudre River. It is a
delicate and spectacular trumpet shaped alpine flower.