I found this little beauty along the path around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The uneven change in fall color caught my eye. Standing about 10-12" tall, I have no idea what it is. If you can identify this plant, please let me know. Thanks. Thought for the Day: … Continue reading Mysterious Beauty
Anybody know what this flower is is called? I took this picture about two years ago in the flower garden of a local Midwest newspaper columnist. The plant is bush-like, standing approx. 3 ft. high, and apparently does well in full sun. The spike-like bloom is 6-8" long. The photo was taken in early September. … Continue reading What Is It?
Talk about a commanding presence! The symmetry of this giant oak tree caught my attention right away; the size of it took a while to notice. From the parking lot, a half mile away, this tree drew my eye away from everything else on the landscape. It was a good ten minute walk before I … Continue reading Symmetry
Is there any link between the cat-o'-nine tail, used for flogging, and the cattail plant found in wetlands? They both reference a cat's tail. Except for the spike on top of the cattail, the plant doesn't look like it could inflict much pain on a person's back. But cats are soft and fluffy too, … Continue reading Cat-o’-nine tail
This is a photographer's blog, so I guess there should be more photos than I've been putting up lately. Last weekend I went to the annual flower show at St. Cecilia's Cathedral. Whether you like flowers or not, the cathedral alone is a photographer's dream -- the architecture, statuary and artifacts provide endless "Kodak moments". … Continue reading Flower Show
Prairie Burn Earlier this week I had the opportunity to document the controlled burning of 35 acres of native grasses and wild flowers. What was once left to Mother Nature, with lightning strikes and wildfires, today's prairies are nurtured with periodic, carefully-planned and controlled burns. Native grasses can grow over six feet tall. … Continue reading Burn Baby, Burn!
Japanese Gardens Do you remember what movie scenes or make-believe stories scared the hell out of you as a kid, but now, as an adult you think of them as nothing but "kids' stories"? For me, it was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Seems kind of silly now, but the "Mirror, mirror on the wall" … Continue reading Creepy Memories
Have you ever felt like a fifth wheel? ... or odd man out? ... or the last one picked when sides are chosen on the playground? ... or you were swimming upstream? ... or you were the only kid not sitting at the lunchroom "cool table"? ... or you were sittting in the back seat … Continue reading Odd Ball
After a predawn shower, the clouds cleared and the sun came out to put this sunflower in the best light possible. The sunflower was a gardening experiment in the back yard, so I didn't have to go far to catch this beauty.