Friday, July 21, 2017

Several Things I Rested my Eyes On This Week

A grouping of coneflowers between daylily seed pods and some cherry laurels

A splash of red behind a fence

Petals and flowers moved by the wind.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hot + Humid, Hibiscus 🌺 like Hawai'i Summer Day

There's a heat advisory for New York today on account of the (how shall I put it?) "tropical" weather we are having. It's hot hot hot and humid. Is it just me or does it seem like even the flowers are in on making New York seem like the tropics today?

Hibiscus flowers (these are two different species) certainly make me think of Hawai'i.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Conifer Cone Challenge for Google

I'm not sure where I was on the internet when I read that Google will be able to someday identify all plants. I don't think the article claimed google could do this just by cones alone, but I am curious as to what I will find if I do an image search with these conifer cone pictures.

I could be wrong but I doubt Gooble is anywhere near out-identifying gardeners and botanists today.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Quick Bee Hunt

I wanted to see if I could snap a picture of a pollinator today so I headed to a plant I figured might have some visitors and this Liatris, an American wildflower,  did not disappoint.

A big patch of Lysimachia clethroides was also a hot spot for bees and wasps. And while I got no pictures, I spotted pollinators visiting some Summersweet, Vitex and Russian sage on my quick bee hunt as well. Success!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Chasing Schmetterlings

At least once every summer you should find yourself spending part of the morning or afternoon chasing schmetterlings (which someone recently told me is the German word for butterflies). I was stalking some schmetterlings over by a bottlebrush buckeye yesterday afternoon, but only managed to capture this one Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, which I will say is male after consulting my favorite insect ID site, with the camera.