Interesting Nature Facts #18 – Fireweed

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Interesting Nature Facts #17 – Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If you want to find out even

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Mountain Death Camas – Beautiful and Deadly

Following up on yesterday’s post in the Halloween theme, today’s post of another “spooky” bit of wildlife and nature – the mountain death camas. Over the summer I found myself in the Rocky Mountains looking for native orchids at around 8000-9000 feet, just below the alpine, treeless elevation and found myself in a botanical hotspot. So many

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Parry’s Penstemon of the Sonoran Desert

Southern Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is famed for its sudden explosion of colorful wildflowers that follows the first springtime rains. From a distance, I saw bright splashes of pink from across the arid hills, and as I got closer, I found this Parry’s penstemon in all their fuschia glory. It never fails to amaze me how such

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Showy Evening Primroses

At first light, there is nothing quite as beautiful as wildflowers backlit from the rising sun. These highly-colorful showy evening primroses were no exception! ~ click on any image to enlarge ~ Showy Evening Primroses Also known as pinkladies, pink evening primrose and Mexican evening primrose, this wonderfully beautiful native to the Central United States

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The Wild Bitterroot of Washington’s Sagebrush Country

One of the absolute best times to visit the wild rolling hills and steep ravines and coulees of Washington’s Columbia Basin is in the late spring. Last week I was traveling around the Vantage, WA are, just east of the mighty Columbia River near Whiskey Dick Mountain on a mission to find the elusive (to me anyway)

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Springtime Chocolate Lilies on the Olympic Peninsula!

Besides wild orchids, wild lilies are a favorite of mine when tromping across the country in extremely rural to even semi-urban places. Recently I was in the Olympic National Forest near the shore of Lake Cushman near Hoodsport, WA scoping out new areas to photograph when I found a couple of chocolate lilies that had already

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Cardinal Flower

Today’s post is about one of my favorite wildflowers found in the swampy hardwood forests along the Gulf Coast – the cardinal flower. I was hiking through an area near Bristol, Florida called the “Garden of Eden Trail” when I spotted this super-vibrant beauty from about 200 yards. ~ click on any image to enlarge

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Wyoming Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia)

As is often the case in wildflowers, telling one species from another can be exceedingly difficult. Especially when there are naturally occurring hybrids, same species with wildly variable physical attributes and just geographically separated populations of the same species looking very different in different parts of the country, world, etc. (think of how different our

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