Category Archives: plants

Flowering plants remain viable after passing through the guts of waterfowl

We’ve long known that plant seeds can remain viable not only after floating a long time in fresh or salt water, but also when passing through the guts of birds, including waterfowl. In fact, I believe that at least half of the plants that arrive on oceanic islands, later to form new species, come from […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

In response to my call for photos about four weeks ago (before Halloween) reader Rik Gern sent some lovely pictures of lichens, and two psychedelic interpretations to boot. His notes are indented: These are some tiny trumpet lichen (Cladonia fimbriata) that I saw on a recent trip to Northern Wisconsin. I’ve visited the area many […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

After today there will be a hiatus in wildlife photos till mid-November, as I’ll be in Paris. But if you sent me photos already, do not worry: they’ll all be up eventually. Jacques Hausser from Switzerland, who recently sent us photos of puffins, has switched kingdoms to send us flowers. His notes and IDs are […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s time to resume our wildlife photos again; but please send some in. I have a reasonable backlog but it won’t last forever. Today we have a number of “small-scale” nature shots by reader Ken Phelps in British Columbia. The captions are his, and are indented: Dead Arbutus leaves: Slough by Nanaimo River. Shot with […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Readers: please remember me when you have some good nature photos; I’ll receive them with alacrity. Today we have lovely flower photos (and one rock as lagniappe) from a new contributor:  Alan Clark from Liverpool. His Flickr account is here and his words and IDs are indented. Swertia bimaculata comes from temperate regions of eastern Asia. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributors today with photos of plants and fungi from New England. The first is Rachel Sperling, whose notes are indented. I was hiking Mount Washington in New Hampshire yesterday and snapped some photos of the alpine plants for my dad, who teaches botany in New York. Thought I’d share them with you […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a potpourri today. First, photos from Margaret Shofner, who says this about the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana): The whole world loves cat food. We get possums and raccoons when I forget to bring in the porch kitties’ food. We live in a small town in north-central Texas. I’m rarely without a lap cat, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we finish “the life of sunflowers,” a series of photos by reader Rik Gern (you can see part 1 here and part 2 here). The sunflower’s life is now drawing to a peaceful close. At the end Rik has put four whimsical photos. Here are some fun sunflower photos. Rik says this: These aren’t […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we’ll continue Rik Gern’s series of lovely photos about a sunflower opening and then dying (see yesterday’s first installment here). I’ll add his introduction: Here are some pictures for consideration in your Readers Wildlife Pictures collection. This is more like mildlife than wildlife; these are common sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) that pop up in my back yard […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Rik Gern sent a number of photos of opening sunflowers, and they’re lovely. I have too many to post here, but will spread them out over the next few weeks. Here are his notes:  Here are some pictures for consideration in your Readers Wildlife Pictures collection. This is more like mildlife than wildlife; these […]