Monthly Archives: March 2013

Update on #Wildflowers at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain 03/29/2013

It’s only been 5 days since my last report, but it’s been a rough week and it looks like I won’t be able to get away over the weekend.  While wildflower photography can be more physically demanding than most people would think, I find it a great way to get away from stress for a while, so I took a few hours for a visit – it was great.  Among the new flowers beginning to bloom in the past 5 days are the prettiest of the Fleabanes we have in this area – Robin’s Plantain.

Robin's Plantain - Erigeron pulchellus

Robin’s Plantain – Erigeron pulchellus

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Luna Moth Detail

I went down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain today, not only to check on the wildflowers but also for a little stress relief.  I’ll get a report on the wildflower status out later this evening or in the morning, but I wanted to report one of my exciting finds.  I used to see these fairly often as a child, but only rarely in recent decades.  Was very happy to see this Luna Moth hanging onto a tree.

Luna Moth head - Actias luna

Luna Moth head – Actias luna

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Pineapple Weed – Matricaria discoidea – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Pineapple Weed, a species native to the Pacific Northwest, but naturalized in much of the rest of the United States, has been added to the USWildflowers database (03/27/2013.) Scientific name is Matricaria discoidea.  It  is also known by the common names Wild Chamomile, Rayless Chamomile, and Disc Mayweed.  Photo below was taken in the Hell’s Canyon Park in Adams County, ID on May 28, 2013.   Go to the Pineapple Weed detail page for more photos and information.

Pineapple Weed, Wild Chamomile, Rayless Chamomile, Disc Mayweed - Matricaria discoidea

Pineapple Weed, Wild Chamomile, Rayless Chamomile, Disc Mayweed – Matricaria discoidea

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Yellow and Blue – Update on #Wildflowers at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, 03/24/2013

It was a cloudy and dreary day today, following a lot of rain yesterday and last night, but Cindy and I made a quick run down to The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain again today to keep from being cooped up in the house another day.  We were glad we did – the yellow and blue are out – Bluebells and Wood Poppies are blooming!

Virginia Bluebells - Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells – Mertensia virginica

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Field Pansy – Viola bicolor – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Field Pansy, a native species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (03/23/2013.) Scientific name is Viola bicolor.  It  is also known by the common names Wild Pansy, and Johnny Jump-up, and all of these names are frequently applied to a couple of similar Viola species.  Photo below was taken in The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA on Mar 16, 2013.   Go to the Field Pansy detail page for more photos and information.

Field Pansy, Wild Pansy, Johnny Jump-up - Viola bicolor

Field Pansy, Wild Pansy, Johnny Jump-up – Viola bicolor

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Cow Soapwort – Vaccaria hispanica – Added to USWildflowers’ Database

Cow Soapwort, an introduced species, has been added to the USWildflowers database (03/16/2013.) Scientific name is Vaccaria hispanica.  It  is also known by the common names Cowcockle and Cowherb.  Photo below was taken along the Kleinschmidt Grade, Adams County, ID, on June 19, 2011.   Go to the Water Cow Soapwort detail page for more information.

Cowcockle, Cow Soapwort, Cowherb - Vaccaria hispanica

Cowcockle, Cow Soapwort, Cowherb – Vaccaria hispanica

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Update on #Wildflowers at The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, 03/16/2013

Last week we reported that the Dutchman’s Breeches were very close to blooming.  My wife and I didn’t want to miss that relatively brief bloom period, so we headed back down there today to check on them.  I’ll let the picture below tell the story.

Dutchman's Breeches - Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman’s Breeches – Dicentra cucullaria – about 10 plants are blooming.

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