Reader Leo Glenn, who said he was a bit intimidated by the quality of other photos on this site, decided that he would nevertheless proffer his own plants photos, which aren’t that common here:
This will be my first photo submission. Some years ago, I volunteered to be a land steward for a tract of preserved land owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. I thought it would be a fun project to try to catalog and photograph all of the wildflower species on the property. Below are a few of those photos, along with a couple others I thought you and your readers might enjoy.
Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides):
Showy Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense) This looks like it could be some form of mimicry. Would love for a botanist to weigh in:
Kalm’s St. John’s Wort (Hypericum kalmianum) This is not the species sold as a mood elevator in the natural supplement section.
. . . That would be this species: Common or Perforate St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). The small, dark spots at the edges of the petals contain an oil which is the active ingredient in the supplements.
Not a wildflower, but one of the most unusual things I’ve found in the western Pa. Woods. These are Wool Sower Galls, made by a parasitic wasp (Callirhytis seminator), on a White Oak branch. Most of the galls I’ve seen are very nondescript. If anyone has some insight as to what evolutionary advantage might be conferred by the odd coloration, I would love to hear it.
And finally, a picture of our cat, Baxter, a former WEIT World Cat Day honoree (he was the cat found with the glass jar stuck on his head), exhibiting his prodigious camouflage skills on my daughter’s bed. Spot the cat!