Saturday, June 22, 2019

Wild Mustards in June

A selection of wild mustards, Brassicaceae from around the Mississippi River, just north of downtown Minneapolis. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Looks Like a Dandelion: Narrowleaf Hawksbeard

Below are a few identification notes.  Plants in the aster family have unique flowers (though familiar) with a vocabulary all their own.  I've tried to avoid using these technical terms and keep my notes very simple.

A.  On the left is a Dandelion flower head.  On the right is a Narrowleaf Hawksbeard flower head.    Each petal on both plants is a complete, or perfect flower with stamens and a pistil. 

B. Two layers of hairy bracts

C. Leaves changed size and shape as they ascend the stem.  Bottom of the picture corresponds to botrtom of the plant.

D. Leaves often have a pair of wings at their base.

If you want more details on Narrowleaf Hawksbeard, or want to dive deep into Aster terminology, consult the following sources.

Flora of North America at eFloras

Plants of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Minnesota Wildflowers

I also like to consult the "The New Britton and Brown Illustrated Flora" by Henry A. Gleason, Ph.D.   Volume 3 has the Aster family in it.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Spring Art 2019

Pine Siskin in Silver Maple

Chorus Frogs and April Snowstorm

Winter Wren

Rose-breasted Grosbeak on Suet Feeder

Blackpoll Warbler on Orange

Sunday, March 10, 2019

An Illustrated Life List: Barred Owl

I've gotten to know this Barred Owl pretty well this winter.  It's been hanging out at the nature center I work, occasionally interacting with the injured Barred Owl we care for there.  Yesterday it was perched on the broken limb of an oak in plain sight.  It seemed to be half asleep most of the morning, barely cognizant of the many people coming and going (it was perched right near a well traveled trail).

By mid-afternoon the owl disappeared, I presume into a hole in the tree, just before the wintry rain came.

Prints available here