Some of Summer’s outdoor enjoyment are the gardens of flowering colors and shapes and smells. Lincoln Park explodes this time of year with a bounty of gardens not to be missed! Here is just one small sample of summer perrenials found in Lincoln Park.
Soft red, fuzzy Chenille Plant (Plumbago auriculata) blooms are all male. The female blooms are inconspicuous. Perhaps more interesting, the male blooms have no petals! So to be pollinated the plant uses male attractiveness to spread pollen while the female does the work of seed production. This seems more like birds and other animal kingdom members than plants’ design.
Chenille is a favorite material for warm winter robes and these plants’ blooms do resemble it’s namesake.
I am adding a new category to my blog this year to acknowledge a change in lifestyle, called retirement. Nature will always be my primary focus in this blog, it is a large part of what keeps me excited about life and living. Travel has entered my life, so I will occasionally share images and insights from my experiences outside of nature.
Recently music was the travel theme going from Memphis to New Orleans. Did not make it to the Gibson Factory; so need to return to Memphis again. Ahh….
My intent is to show the color, mood, and culture of areas I encounter. I want to celebrate the diversity and excitement in various environments. Both New Orleans and Memphis were FULL of vibrancy and love.
As always, I’d love to hear your insights and critique. That’s what makes blogging fun! So, in no particular order….
Dawn brings out the blue tones that quickly dissipate as the sun emerges. This morning’s sunrise was slowed by heavy clouds. Compare the color tones before sunrise and just after sunrise.
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/publications/corfidi/sunset/ for more information.
Each of these images is of the Passion Vine (Passiflora) species. They are evidence to me of God’s passion for beauty and attention to detail in his/her creations. The colors are arresting, and their unique design are worthy of equal consideration.
Any habitat for butterflies includes flowering plants as well as assorted grasses. Many caterpillars favor the Passion Vines (Passiflora) as their food source. These images were taken last winter at Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, Florida. For more information check out their website: www.butterflyworld.com.
Yesterday was all grey as the we received the first measurable snowfall of this winter, 7.5 inches. Today, as I drove past my old Forest Preserve stomping grounds I saw the sun peaking in and out of the clouds. Look closely and you can see a round disk in the sky that at first appears to be the moon; but it’s the sun bringing an array of color to the monochrome scene.