Three pretty weeds

I found a new weed species that I hadn’t seen before, so I thought I would share it here. This is the Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), an escaped ornamental.  It is a pretty weed, though, don’t you think?  (you can click the photos to view them bigger, and this one is really nice to […]

That’s just bananas

Second hand story time!  This is a story from a fellow field biologist.  Like me, he has done some field work in remote locations with poor funding, and he has also scraped the bottom of the barrel for food and lodging.  He is a very funny guy, and he has had some ridiculous adventures. This […]

Grave of a Revolutionary War Soldier and Le Dormeur du Val, by Arthur Rimbaud

There is a small graveyard hidden away in the woods near our farm.  One of the graves is marked as that of a revolutionary war soldier, unidentified.  Because yesterday was Memorial Day, I thought it might be nice to stop by and pay my respects. The Sleeper in the Valley It’s a dint of green […]

I survived my first marathon!

I wasn’t so much standing out in my field this weekend as I was running out of time!  Hahaha!  (hahahaha) I ran my first marathon yesterday.  (Whoo!)  My time was 3:51:09, and I was fifth for my age group (25-30 F), which is not great, but also not bad for my first one, right?? The […]

O tulip tree, how I love thee!

Let me count the ways! 1. Your flowers are unique and amazing.  What other tree has flowers like this?  So literally, botanically, perfect.*  This description from Wikipedia is almost poetic: “Flowers: May. Perfect, solitary, terminal, greenish yellow, borne on stout peduncles, an inch and a half to two inches long, cup-shaped, erect, conspicuous. The bud […]