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Snowy egret

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At California’s Martinez Regional Shoreline last November 2nd I got low and slowly worked my way closer and closer to the bird shown here. Later, profiting from a site that tells how to distinguish white herons, I identified my subject as a snowy egret, Egretta thula.

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February 5, 2017 at 5:00 AM


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Soon after we drove into Arizona from New Mexico along Interstate 10 on October 17, we pulled over at the Texas Canyon rest area, where I was pleased to come across some snake-cotton. When I searched online later I found that two species are native in that area, Froelichia arizonica and Froelichia gracilis. I can’t tell which one this is.

If you want, you can have a look back at the Texas Canyon rest area from our 2014 trip to the Southwest.

You can also review the only other post in which a species of snake-cotton has appeared here.

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December 27, 2016 at 4:52 AM

Looking the other way in a different way

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Along the lines of yesterday’s post, when I was at the Grand Canyon on October 19th I did my share of looking down. I also did a little looking away from the canyon, and that’s when I found a native plant I’d never even heard of: Chamaebatiaria millefolium. It goes by the common names desert sweet and fernbush, and you can see that its leaves do look ferny. Chamaebatiaria is a monotypic genus; that means it includes only one species, which is therefore this one. If the white flower looks a little like a rose, it’s because this genus is in the rose family.

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December 13, 2016 at 4:59 AM

Why I’d gone back to the prairie

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On September 28th I went back to the new street in Manor called Wildhorse Ranch Trail to see how the snow-on-the-prairie was coming along on the Blackland Prairie since my last visit exactly three weeks earlier. I found that most of the Euphorbia bicolor plants had produced their fuzzy little tripartite green seed capsules, as you see here. In the background is part of the flowering mound of broomweed, Amphiachyris dracunculoides, that dazzled you last time (I hope you won’t mind if I put words in your mouth).

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October 28, 2016 at 5:02 AM

Sand cherry

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Did you know that cherries are in the same genus as plums and peaches? ‘Tis true, and that genus is Prunus, a word you recognize as the source of the prune that is a dried plum. Here you see some flowers of Prunus pumila, known as sand cherry, that I found at Illinois Beach State Park on June 9th.

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October 25, 2016 at 4:50 AM

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Ceanothus herbaceus

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Yet another wildflower from Illinois Beach State Park on June 7th: Ceanothus herbaceus, called prairie redroot and Jersey tea. This species grows in Austin, too, even if I’ve rarely gotten to see it there. (Speaking of Austin, I’m far away from home now, so I may be slow in responding to comments.)

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October 24, 2016 at 5:04 AM

Dense snow

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At the risk of snowing you under, here for the third post in a row is a view of snow-on-the-mountain, Euphorbia marginata. Again from September 29th along TX 46 in Comal County, this view emphasizes the chaos of details when plants farther back are seen through the spaces in the closer plants. Notice also the complementary red in all those stalks.

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October 22, 2016 at 5:19 AM

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