Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
The above photo is of Leopard Lily, and they were abundant and in healthy form. I never tired of trying to capture my best ever photo of them.
Below, is my favorite insect, or one of my 100 favorites!, the Red Milkweed Beetle. This past week I saw them for the first time this season. It didn't take any coaxing to get this one to crawl off a Milkweed Blossom onto my hand. It was on a roadside patch of Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa, and it is one of the Longhorn Beetles, Family Cerambicidae. I love how Spellcheck stresses over these Latinized words. Fortunately, the red underscores don't show up in the final posting.
Friday, June 10, 2016
This particular hike got me to reminiscing on wildflower and insect photos I have taken on campus over the past several years, and a quick perusal of my photo archives revealed over 100 species of wildflowers. Many of these photos include spider and insect visitors to said plants.
I have decided to gather these photos and organize them, and attempt to put together a Enjoying the Wild at Feather River College DVD and/or booklet that will include natural history notes, folk lore, etymologies, and other material about these flowers and bugs. For those who live at or near the college, some of the available pleasures include learning what is "in season" and anticipating seasonal changes, comparing conditions from year to year, and introducing the "wild" environment to visitors.
My self-imposed timeline says I need to have this project accomplished by mid-August.
Meanwhile, another distraction coming up tomorrow. I'll be guiding a trip to the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area. It might be wise to leave my camera at home this time so I can get back to my to-do list rather than be tempted to change it.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
On a more positive note, I wondered about the first half. The half that is now rapidly on its way to becoming soil, but which, earlier in the season, experienced a variety of insect and spider visitors, a variety of weather conditions, and had the fun of opening and closing every 24 hours. As we approach what the humans might call the "off" season for poppies, i was thinking that to any living thing that is truly alive, there is no such thing as an off season.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Nigella is in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. It's a native of the Mediterranean region and the species name refers to Damascus, Syria. If Donald Trump should be elected - perish the thought - maybe he'll deport all things Syrian. And build a wall so no more will enter.
The generic name, Nigella, is the diminutive of niger, a Latin word for black. This refers to the black seeds. From them, we get still another name in the culinary realm, black cumin. So, my answer to the bard's famous question "What's in a name?" is "plenty."