Portraits of Wildflowers

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Verdant Volo views, vertical and horizontal

with 26 comments

Swamp Loosestrife Flowering 7283

The vertical picture shows Lysimachia thyrsiflora, known as tufted loosestrife or swamp loosestrife,

Brown Leaf Fallen into Duckweed 7241A

The horizontal picture shows a curlingly dry leaf fallen onto the duckweed-covered surface of some water in the Volo Bog State Natural Area in Lake County, Illinois, on June 7. The first photograph comes from the same session.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 20, 2016 at 4:50 AM

26 Responses

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  1. These are inspired, Steve.


    August 20, 2016 at 8:24 AM

  2. I fear that you two’ve become heady,
    As your patter’s now becoming steady.
    So give us a rest
    And spare us your best:
    Enough of the rhyming already!


    August 20, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    • “Now you’d like to see stoppage already
      Of this banter that’s gone on so steady.
      At your latest behest
      We will give it a rest,”
      Obligingly yielding said he.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 20, 2016 at 11:55 AM

  3. The duckweed that covers the bog
    might conceal a turtle or frog.
    But there’s nothing to say
    that a little wordplay
    couldn’t burble from under a log.


    August 20, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    • Thanks for making it three in a row. I’d reply in kind except I said I’d give it a rest. And that’s for the best.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 20, 2016 at 2:43 PM

  4. I like the colour coordination of both pictures.


    August 20, 2016 at 5:33 PM

  5. Duckweed is the perfectly designed water plant!

    jane tims

    August 20, 2016 at 6:34 PM

  6. I like this loosestrife, a primula, much better than the more common although not related invasive purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria-an actual loosetrife) found all over everywhere.

    Steve Gingold

    August 22, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    • My county has only a few native members of the Primulaceae. I’ve not (knowingly) seen any of them, so this was a first for me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 22, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    • I’ve hears about the invasive Lythrum. Fortunately we have a native species here, L. californicum.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 22, 2016 at 8:38 AM

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