Interesting Nature Facts #31 – Chicory

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Interesting Nature Facts #31 – Chicory

Chicory! 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 more, simply

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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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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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The Native North American Amaryllis – A Delicate Beauty!

There is a brand new section in the Wildflowers Galleries today, and it is all about the close relative of the lily; the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae) of our North American native wildflowers. Because of their close genetic relations with the lily family (Liliaceae), they often have the word “lily” in their common names. The following images of native species of amaryllis I’ve photographed around

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The Night is Alive at Midnight in the Yakima River Canyon (Notes from the Field #3)

Yakima River Canyon, Washington June 1, 2014,  11pm I arrived later than planned this late afternoon to Cowiche Canyon, where the trip was half spur of the moment/half delayed because of a nasty headache. Not too much exciting happened except I saw my first badger when I wasn’t ready, and after a short staring contest I reached

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Indian Paintbrush – Botany’s Most Beautiful Opportunist

I find that the more I travel around the Western United States in search of rare native wildflowers and orchids, the more my curiosity and fondness grows for members of the genus Castilleja. Commonly known as Indian paintbrushes, these beautiful and variable semi-parasitic plants belong to the broomrape family and were named by Spanish botanist Jose Celestino Mutis to honor his fellow countryman

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Huge Update! All New North American Native Wildflower Galleries

Over the past decade, the amount of native North American native wildflowers in our ever-growing photo galleries has reached the point to where we can’t reasonably split and categorize them just by color. It started to look disorganized, confusing, and more than a little sloppy. It was time to reorganize the whole gallery collection and

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