Category: Flowering Plants

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Between late February and early March, we were mooch-docking at my son Luke’s house in Menlo Park, CA.  We took advantage of being near the California coast to do some exploring. During a conversation with a neighbor’s parents, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve…

Photo of the Day 3.26.20

It was a cool, windy and cloudy day in the Arizona desert so I spent some time processing photographs.  I have a backlog of pictures to edit since beginning our winter journey throughout the Southwest and California.   And, today seemed like a perfect time…

The Apache Trail

Since I’m so far behind on my blog posts, I decided to alter my plan and post some more recent adventures interspersed with the earlier travels this winter. I’m so excited about the area we are exploring right now that I cannot wait to…

Wednesday Walkabouts: Around Mount Desert Island

Wednesday was a busy day for me.  I had several goals to accomplish – visit Thuya Gardens to see what was blooming and visit with the Monarch butterfly caterpillars, walk the loop around Witch Hole Pond in search of pitcher plants, and pick up…

Thursday Thrills: Little Long Pond, Seal Harbor

It’s always a thrill to take a stroll along Little Long Pond.  It’s one of my favorite places on Mount Desert Island.  There are always new things to discover along the paths, around the pond and on the carriage roads.  Today, the daisies on…

Thursday Thrills: Acadia

I’ve been watching these Pink Lady’s Slippers for a couple of weeks anxiously waiting for the blooms to appear.  This morning I hiked up to my favorite patch of orchids in anticipation of finally being rewarded with their delicate flowers.  I was not disappointed! …

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 28

The walk around Witch Hole Pond on the carriage road was full of surprises today.  The bog-friendly Rhododendron canadense was in full bloom all around the loop and absolutely wins the prize for outstanding bloom of the day! We also saw many, many painted…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 27

In search of Cypripedium acaule  – Pink Lady’s Slipper!  This evening, I returned to a patch of native orchids I had discovered last year and was excited to see that there are some emerging plants and they will soon be in bloom!  Can’t wait for…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 25

I promise this is the last Moosewood Maple photograph for at least a month!  I have just really enjoyed watching this native tree wake up this spring and put forth it’s unique leaves and flowers.  Due to the crowds that have descended upon Acadia…

Photo Challenge: Acadia: May 22

The leaves are really popping out on Mount Desert Island now!  Today, I hiked up to The Triad via the Day Mountain, Triad and Hunter’s Brook Trails.  The forest is definitely coming to life now.  The bright green growth of the tender young leaves…