‘Spring Beauty’ wildflowers

9 04 2009

These are ‘Spring Beauty’ (Claytonia Virginica) wildflowers that I photographed at Bull Run Regional Park. This perennial herb is a member of the Portulacaceae family and related to the also-edible purslane. Learn more about about this flower’s edible and tasty tubers (who knew?) by reading Scott D. Appell’s article in Plants & Gardens News, published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden here. These tiny little flowers measure approximately 1/2 inch in diameter and are lightly fragrant. They prefer moist to slightly dry conditions and are planted as corms. These were scattered in clusters among the Bluebells in the park.

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A squirrel grows in Brooklyn

26 01 2009

I photographed this squirrel at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden a couple of years ago when my friends Regina and Jeff and I spent a wonderful weekend with Regina’s family. We also went to see the most excellent Lizards & Snakes Alive! exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. It was late summer, to the best of my recollection.

Ah, summer. Gimme, gimme some summer right about now!

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