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.
Striking Passion Flower Vine. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Passion Flower “Lavender Lady” at Butterfly World. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Passiflora “Piresii” Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
Passiflora “Susan Joy”. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg
“This plant is a native, and with true American perspicacity and enterprise has forged his way from
magenta obscurity to the most prominent place in the floral world.”
‘My Garden’ by Louise Beebe Wilder, 1916
Phlox abundance. May you see the wonder all around you. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
‘Tis a joy to capture the wonders of the continual harmony between the earth, sky and water.
Day of many white caps and rip tides. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
The science teacher in me is taken by these images all taken on the same morning a few weeks ago. They unintendedly show motion in three forms of matter: solid, liquid and gas. The “liquid” image stops the dramatic motion of an energetic Atlantic Ocean. The “solid” image is evidence of past motion of the sand. And the “gas” image shows seagulls and clouds aided by the winds above the Atlantic Ocean near the shoreline.
Too practical and sterile for the appreciation of God’s wonders for you? Me too. So I wish you a wonder-filled day as you enjoy the images for their grace and beauty.
The eternal winds move both clouds and gulls. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Waves of sand, courtesy of the winds and ocean waves. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg
Happy New Year to all my followers. YOU make this blog fun to continue. May you SEE all the beauty and miracles in the details of every day life.
Wonder-filled details of a Waterlily. One of many daily miracles around us. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg
This morning I am reminded of how little I yet have learned, how much there still is to learn. Providing background information of my natural subjects is one of my strategies to mark my passion for nature’s wonders as contagious. Today, the best I can hope for is to instill you with a sense of awe; specifically an awe in the multiplicity of Sedges. If that’s too ambitious of me, please just enjoy the pictures I share!
Caricology is the study of this large species, Sedge (carex). The identification of the sedges in these images remains a mystery to me. I’m content to know that I still haven’t learned it all; actually I’m excited to know I’m not done exploring life’s mysteries.
The Sedges alongside the riverbank were expected natives. Connecting this river with the forest through which it flowed brought together two moist loving species that do not usually mingle with each other. My eye focused on a colony of Mayapples (Podophyllum). Mayapples are woodland natives that stir folktale imaginations in my mind with each springtime encounter. Here they were sharing the forest floor with Sedges. Crouching down as I hunted for yet-to-bloom Mayapple flowers I quickly became fascinated by the stringy fuzz of these Sedges.
Mayapples and Sedges communing together. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg
Sedges among the Mayapple. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg
Sedge in Cook County Forest Preserve, Chicago. Copyright 2015 Pamela Breitberg
-Read other Mayapple posts of mine:
- “May in April…”, April 2012
- “Shy beauty…”, May 2013
-Illinois is host to over 200 “Sedges, grasses and non-flowering plants”: http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/grasses/grass_index.htm .