Category: Flowering Plants

Memorial to a Friend

While visiting Edisto Beach, South Carolina a couple of weeks ago, my extended family and I visited Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant. The day before this visit, I learned of the passing of a friend and former colleague. Joe Wright was a man… Continue Reading “Memorial to a Friend”

Big Bend Flora 11.9.22

Another beautiful red-flowered perennial blooming in the Chisos Mountains is the Ipomopsis aggregata. I found this little gem along the Lost Mine Trail – a popular 5-mile out and back trail near the Chisos Basin. It’s one of my favorite hikes in the park… Continue Reading “Big Bend Flora 11.9.22”

Big Bend Flora 11.2.2022

Hiking the upper part of the Lost Mine Trail in the Chisos Mountains last week, I came upon the showy, bright red, tubular flowers of Salvia regla or Mountain Sage. Often blooming in the spring and, again in the fall, the flowers are attractive… Continue Reading “Big Bend Flora 11.2.2022”

Capricious Captures 10.26.22

I’m back! Since my last post, we have made our way from Northern California to Southwest Texas via a circuitous route that allowed us to visit family along the way and a whole bunch of national parks! Much of the time, I’ve had little… Continue Reading “Capricious Captures 10.26.22”

Morning Walks at Lava Beds NM

My day here in Lava Beds NM almost always starts with a solitary walk up around the Cave Loop Road. It ends up being about a 2.5-mile trek and gets my day started nicely! I usually do not carry my camera with me on… Continue Reading “Morning Walks at Lava Beds NM”

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part IV

Although not technically adjacent to the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, Diamond Lake is a short drive north of the northern most section of the road and is in the shadow of two volcanic peaks – Mt. Thielsen and Mt. Bailey. It resides within the… Continue Reading “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part IV”

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part III Vol. 2

On our second day trip to Crater Lake a week later, the weather was considerably different. There was a heat advisory in effect and the sky was very hazy with lots of thunderstorms moving through the Cascades. Unfortunately, we did not get an early… Continue Reading “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part III Vol. 2”

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part III Vol. 1

The next leg of our journey exploring the entire Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway took us to the amazing Crater Lake National Park. We picked up the byway in Fort Klamath and traveled Route 62 to the turn off for Crater Lake. The byway circumnavigates… Continue Reading “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part III Vol. 1”

Capricious Captures 7.27.22

In between more lengthy posts, I’ve decided on a new strategy that will allow me to share more photographs regularly without a lot of time devoted to prose! I’ll be posting random, whimsical photographs both old and new. The Smoothstem Blazing Star is providing… Continue Reading “Capricious Captures 7.27.22”

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part II

Several weeks ago we decided to embark on another section of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Our goal was to explore Lassen Volcanic National Park. While I recommend spending more than one day here, that’s all we had so we made the most of… Continue Reading “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part II”