Category Archives: Plants

Sunken Garden

Robert Buchart, pioneer in the growing cement industry, opened a limestone quarry in 1904.  As the limestone deposits depleted, Robert’s wife, Jennie, hauled in tons of topsoil from their nearby farm to plant flowers.  She was determined to turn the … Continue reading

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Kelp

I’ve heard of kelp.  I know it grows in the ocean, commonly called seaweed, and is often used in Asian cuisine.  That’s about all I knew about kelp until I found this specimen on a rocky beach of San Juan … Continue reading

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Painted Ladies

Often mistaken for Monarch Butterflies, the Painted Lady is a little smaller and not quite as vibrant. The Boltonia bushes in our backyard were blanketed with Painted Lady butterflies this fall.  Swarms of them were our guests for 2-3 weeks, … Continue reading

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Scale

In two previous posts (Sequoia National Park and Giant Sequoia Trees), I’ve written about the Giant Sequoia trees in the Sierra Nevada mountains, trying to demonstrate just how large these trees can be. I’ve shown them with other objects, a … Continue reading

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Giant Sequoia Trees

The Sequoia tree is so large that getting a photo of the entire tree is impossible without a wide-angle lens.  I used a 16 mm wide-angle lens on this shot, but still had to back up about 100 yards to … Continue reading

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Two Ladies and a Rose

I like flowers.  I like all plants, especially those you can eat, and not-so-much those that make you itch or sneeze.  Like this yellow rose, e.g; beautiful, gorgeous, a sight to behold. But there is a limit to how long … Continue reading

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Seed Pod

I captured this lone milkweed towering above the dying prairie grass in the late fall.  The native tall grasses that survive the blistering heat of Midwest summers were drying up after reaching heights of 4 to 6′ and falling over … Continue reading

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