Cardinal Flower

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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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American Strawberry Bush

The American strawberry bush – also known by many other names such as the “hearts-a-bustin“ and “hearts-bustin‘-with-love”, is a native member of the bittersweet family is one of those oddly beautiful plants you find sometimes in autumn while out in some of the more remote places in the Untied States. Found in all of the

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Death Camas – America’s Most Poisonous Native Lily

Quick post for today. As I was going through our lily gallery images while getting things ready for our new upcoming North American Nature Photography website relaunch, I found four images of the really cool meadow death camas from last spring that I shot, edited and somehow never uploaded to our website. Lost and forgotten

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Native Orchids of the Rocky Mountains – Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Last month I was in Alberta and Montana unsuccessfully trying to get grizzly bears on camera, but I did bring home some beautiful botanical images. Here are the first of them! ~ click on any image to enlarge or find location information ~ Western Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid (Goodyera oblongifolia) The western rattlesnake plantain orchid is

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Hooded Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia minor) – Wetland Native Carnivorous Plant

Sometimes while searching among the most remote wild places across North America hunting down rare native orchids and other flora and fauna, I often find patches of amazing animal-eating carnivorous plants! This is exactly how I stumbled into these hooded pitcher plants (Sarracenia minor) in the Osceola National Forest in North-Central Florida….by sheer lucky accident! Hooded Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia minor) Found only

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Southern White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera conspicua)

Quick post today to share with you one of my favorite terrestrial orchids of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts – the southern white fringed orchid! Often difficult to photograph in Florida’s bright summer sunlight, heavy overcast skies were a huge in helping get this delicate little orchid in perfect detail. Click on the image below

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Western Fairy-Slipper Orchid

Last week was my first official orchid-hunting expedition of the year, and I followed the suggestion of a fellow orchid-hunter to check out a new area (for me) – Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington. In most places that aren’t very remote, it can take a bit of effort and searching to find that first colony.

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Chocolate Lily!

One of my very favorite groups of wildflowers to find in the wild belong to the lily family: Liliaceae. These include tiger lillies, camas, trilliums, and mariposas. A few days ago while hunting wild orchids on Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington I found my very first chocolate lilies! The brown and yellowish droopy flowers were difficult to

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The Coral Bean – A Pernicious Perennial

The coral bean (Erythrina herbacea), also known as the Cherokee bean or the red cardinal, is a common springtime bloomer found all over the state of Florida. I’ve seen them in dense woodlands, sandy pine scrubs, and growing in hardwood hammocks at the edges of swamps. From the Everglades to the Georgia border, these brilliantly

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