Confused Moth


Bug, Identification, moth, Photography

When I first found this pure white moth resting peacefully on a leaf, I wasn’t quite sure what it was. After lots of searching, I still had no answer. What was the name of this creature? Finally – after a couple days – I figured it out!

June 3, 2012

Great Blue Heron


Animal, bird, Identification

Great blue herons can be found all over the United States. Most often they are seen by fresh or salt water, catching small fish and other water creatures. When hunting, these birds are very slow and still – until it’s time to strike.

June 2, 2012

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly


Bug, butterfly, Identification, Photography

The eye cannot resist following the trail of these iridescent blue and black butterflies.

May 31, 2012

Rosa Multiflora (multi-flower wild rose)


Identification, Photography, pink wildflowers, summer wildflowers, white wildflowers

Rosa multiflora is a wild rose species with small, multiple blooms. This wild rose species has an intoxicating fragrance… I always move in close to drink in the heady perfume. Have you stopped to smell the roses today?

May 30, 2012

How To Identify Wild Rose


edible, Identification, medicinal, Photography, pink wildflowers, summer wildflowers

The cultivated wild rose pictured here is a favorite of gardeners in Illinois, and is often used as a low maintenance ornamental plant. The blooms are about 3″ across with showy, bright petals, and the typical wild rose leaf pattern.

May 29, 2012

10 Foraging Tips for Wild Plants


Identification

Learning how to forage for wild plants is a deeply satisfying experience, but it can also be very dangerous if you’re hasty or unsure of what you’re doing. Always use multiple sources and know the plant deeply before you do any tasting or touching. Learn with an experienced guide, but if you insist on going it alone be sure to read these 10 tips for safety and success.

May 28, 2012

Coyote, The Trickster


Animal, canine, humor, Thoughts

He gave a good howl while holding that macaroon in his mouth, pleased with his “killing,” so we reluctantly left the pup behind. When we reached the end of the road we turned to look back one last time at our sweet little friend who had thought us worthy of his very special attention. That’s when we saw another car driving up the road.

May 26, 2012

Indian Paintbrush


edible, Identification, medicinal, Photography, red wildflowers, spring wildflowers, summer wildflowers

Indian paintbrush is a US spring blooming wildflower, though you will often see it persist through late summer – growing taller with the passing of days. A number of native american tribes have used this plant as a paintbrush – hence the name. This particular paintbrush is a southwest variety.

May 24, 2012

Purple Iris


Identification, Photography

Iris were brought to North America from Europe as an ornamental plant. Still a favorite amongst gardeners and flower lovers, you can often buy cut iris flowers from garden shops in the spring. There are many colors to choose from within the 100+ varieties, but this rich purple seems to be the most popular.

May 23, 2012

Monarch Butterfly on Red Clover


Bug, butterfly, Identification

With the profusion of red clover blooms, you can now find monarch butterflies feasting on their nectar. This monarch butterfly will live and die here in Illinois – being that it is May. Only the 4th generation monarchs migrate south each fall.

May 22, 2012