Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas Crownbeard #Nativeplants

We awoke this morning for our first white Christmas since 1989 (at least in the lower elevations) here in the greater Chattanooga area.  Naturally this is enchanting to most of us, so my wife and I took a drive around the neighborhood on Christmas morning, cameras in hand.  These Yellow Crownbeard (Verbesina occidentalis) attracted my attention, holding most of the 2 inches of snow we’ve received on their flower heads.

Yellow Crownbeard - Verbesina occidentalis

Yellow Crownbeard - Verbesina occidentalis

#NPOD: Hepatica (Blue) #NativePlants

Native Plant of the Day 12/22/2010

Photo from March 2010. Location: The Pocket, Walker County, GA..  While Hepatica blossoms are most commonly white, they also will be found in pink, and various shades of blue.

Sharp-lobed Hepatica (Blue) for more photos / information go to the Hepatica nobilis detail page.

Sharp-lobed Hepatica - Hepatica nobilis

Sharp-lobed Hepatica - Hepatica nobilis

#NPOD: Hepatica #NativePlants

Native Plant of the Day 12/20/2010

Photo from Feb 2009. Location: The Pocket, Walker County, GA..  The leaf will stay through the winter, with the new blossoms arising in late winter or very early spring through last year’s leaves.

 

 

Sharp-lobed Hepatica (leaf) for more photos / information go to the Hepatica nobilis detail page.

 

Sharp-lobed Hepatica - Hepatica nobilis

Sharp-lobed Hepatica – Hepatica nobilis

Black-Billed Magpie #Birds

The Black-Billed Magpie, Pica hudsonia, is a common bird in the west.  However, since we don’t have them in the east, I always enjoy observing this member of the crow family (Corvidae) while we’re in Boise.  Aside from the black and white color, one of the eye-catching features of this bird while in flight is the long scissor-like tail.

Black-Billed Magpie