Thursday, June 29, 2017
As for the weeds, I found that the wild sweet peas where I dropped my son off at work glowed in the low-angled sunlight. Enough to get me out of the truck to walk around. Then I started to notice the others. Salsify, Chicory, Hawkweed, Filaree, etc., etc., that are called weeds in some field guides, aliens in others, and simply non-native in still others. I try to say nice things about weeds in this space from time to time, maybe to try to offset what I'm hearing more and more often about people who are not from around here. So, later today I will post 15 more photos of weeds under the title "Just Weeds," then two or three of native plants that I found among the weeds.
Monday, June 26, 2017
After an evening of enjoying this and other "weeds" in our front lawn, I yielded to popular demand and free labor and thanked my son for mowing the lawn. But, I know the thistles will be back.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Not much nature is easy to observe from I-80 in Nebraska, and I had a schedule to keep. Some day, I might have the time and inclination to wander around Nebraska, off the freeways, and discover what Nebraskans love about it. Meanwhile, it represents to me 440 miles of corn. I know there are good bookstores and coffeeshops in Lincoln, but on this trip I had no time to spare so I flew on by and got a little excited about crossing the Mississippi at Quad Cities.
Anyway, as soon as I got to Quincy I ordered a copy. It has arrived and I love it.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Last night's presentations at camp included comments and questions about bears, rattlesnakes, and other possible animal threats to humans. My next post will include my views about THREATS: RATIONAL and IRRATIONAL. For the most part, it's the animals that should be frightened, not us.
On last night's hike, we also spotted Goldenrod Crab Spiders. I found some again this morning, so in my next post I'll give a little more background on them. It was enjoyable to be back on the trail again at camp.