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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wildflowers in the Woods. Oh Yeah, and a Blue Jay, too!

One of the things I really like about going out in the woods is that we are constantly finding wildflowers as the seasons progress.

Today, I have gathered a collection of the wildflowers that we are seeing this week in our woods.
I don' t have a clue on the names of any of these, so those of you that are experts in wild flower names of northern climate wildflowers, let me know if you know the names of any of these.



First, these purple, tall ones. They remind me of wild phlox. But I have no idea what they are:


These are much shorter, but they have an electric purple color to them and I liked them:






I am sure some people think of these white bells as weeds, but I liked their shape:





Look what landed on the purple tall ones! I loved this little guy's (moth?) head and body!:







These were also shorter wild flowers...about 12 inches tall...I really liked their fuzzy heads and purple spikes!:







These are like wild bluebells....only they are a bluish purple:







These are like a black-eyed susan daisy. They are just blooming now all over on the sides of the highways and in the woods:





These are AWESOME. I loved their striped centers. They are small like the size of musk mallow on a bush..but I do not know their name:









Can you tell I really like these? I took many closeups of them:





And, I had to take this photo of the Blue Jay....I loved how he contrasted with the green, green woods and the tiny wild rosebush on the right of the photo:

I hope you enjoyed the trip out in the woods today to look at wildflowers. If any of you know their names, do share them in your comments...I would love to know the names of these!

32 comments:

Cathy Clementz said...

WOW!!! Some very beeeuuuteeful shots!!! Makes me want to go for a walk!

Brian Miller said...

a fun walk, full of color...i like the little guy sitting on the purple ones. the yellow in his head gives a great contrast. you have a wonderful eye.

The Retired One said...

Cathy: Thanks! I love going for walks and finding photos in "the ordinary"!

Brian: I was really surprised when I got the pix on the computer and saw the color in that moth! thanks for all your encouraging compliments on my photos, too.

Joanie M said...

I just love your pictures Joan!

L. D. Burgus said...

You have fantastic shots today. The colors are so great also. The pink one looks familiar but I don't know the name. That white flower is marvelous in shape. Nice blog.

rainfield61 said...

You must have enjoyed your life taking pictures of flowers, hahahahaha...
They are beautiful especially the bell-shaped .

The Retired One said...

Joanie: Thanks so much! I enjoy taking them so much!

L.D: Thanks!! It is so amazing to me how many different flowers there are in the world and how different they all can be!

Rainfield: Yes, I enjoy life taking pictures of flowers. What more can someone ask to aim at beauty everywhere and capture it forever in pictures??

Barb said...

Hi Joan,
The hot pink flowers are Fireweed - they're starting to bloom here in the Mts of CO. I love their shape and color, too - plus they attract bees and hummingbirds. Lovely captures.

DJan said...

We call the pink ones "fireweed" and synchronistically I just posted a picture of the same flower on my blog of today (last picture)!!!

Great shots, and I'm impressed with your pictures, as always.

Shelley said...

I loved all the flower photos you shared! And your Blue Jay looked very serene and calm!

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful wild flowers.I love wild flowers. I liked the blue one the best. We have different kinds of wild flowers in India.Thanks for the lovely photos.

grannyann said...

Love the wild flowers.

Insanity Kim said...

Man those are great!

Your new favorite perennial is called fireweed; it grows and spreads literally like fire in Alaska! The saying goes that once the final flowers bloom at the top, there is only 6 weeks of summer left. It is amazing to see an entire field full of those against the mountains! You're gonna start framing some of these, right??

Yeah, I'm Still Here... said...

Thanks, I love field trips! =) Really beautiful pictures!

Wanda said...

Your flowers are beautiful...but my favorite is the bluejay...it has it's own natural frame...he landed in the perfect spot for your photo!

Bernie said...

Joan all I know about your beautiful wild flower pictures is that the flowers growing on the side of the road where you live are healthier and prettier than the ones I work tirelessly over every day. Love this pics. my friend as always....:-) Hugs

Alan Burnett said...

Wonderful pictures. It was like going on an early morning walk through the woods with you. Blogging at its best.

Loree said...

What a pretty bird. Would love to help you with the flower names but I have no idea what any of them are.

lotusleaf said...

The wildflowers made my day! My earlier comment seems to have disappeared.

MommaYoung said...

Your pictures are always so beautiful! What kind of camera do you use? I only have my cell and it's hard to stick my hand in front of a scrub jay or quail. They don't like photo shoots, darn it! heheh

The Retired One said...

Barb: You and some others identified it as Fireweed, so at least I have learned the name of THAT one. Thanks so much!

DJan: Great minds think alike. ha I haven't read blogs today yet, so I'll be over later. ha

Shelley: All of a sudden all the Blue Jays are back around...we have SIX in our yard every day! I know they are mean birds, but I sure like to see them.

Lotusleaf: I received both your comments...see above. thanks so much for the nice compliments on my pictures. The blue one is really neat inside...did you see the stripes on their pistils?

Grannyann: thanks!

Insanity: Thanks for the info on the Fireweed..I love knowing the bit about when you see the top blooming you will have six more weeks of summer left! I was thinking of getting some blown up and put into frames...my husband even makes frames....maybe I will try selling some of them. What do you think?

Yeah: I was so glad to see that you are posting a bit again...I check your site every day with my others. Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog.

Wanda: I take a lot of pix of Blue Jays as we have them around our house on the lake...I especially like them in snow...but I am in no hurry to get snow. ha

Bernie: you are so funny! You are right though in saying they are beautiful...sometimes you have to get the closeups to really realize how beautiful they really are..like that blue one...you really can't see the stripes in the pistils until you look close.

Alan: Thanks so much...hopefully you will continue to go on the walks with me...I love nature photos and flower photos so I post a lot of them, including birds and forest animals that I see when I am out there.

Loree: I learned the purple one is a Fireweed. (Read the other comments) so I am happy that at least I learned the name of at least one!

Momma: I use a Panasonic Lumix. It has 18X optical zoom and 10 megapixels...I LOVE, LOVE this camera. I just got it at Xmas. And, my husband just got me an "add on" zoom lens for it this week for our anniversary, which I am trying to learn how to focus with. If you ever want to buy a camera, I highly recommend it. I have the model number if you want it too.

Anna Lefler said...

Gorgeous photos!

Happy summer!

:-D Anna

Ratty said...

I really love these pictures! The little guy is indeed a very beautiful moth. The blue flower you're wondering about is chicory. Now you know you have it there. :)

The Retired One said...

Anna: Thanks, I am so glad you liked them...I haven't heard from you in a while, good to hear from you again!

Ratty: Thanks!! A chicory? I now know fireweed and chicory because of my readers! You all are a smart bunch!!

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful flowers and as always you photos of them are wonderful. That little Blue Jay is so pretty, I never see them here just lots of magpies.

Jientje said...

Aaaah you call them blue Jays, do you? Those white bells are WEEDS? Yeah well, they look more like orchids to me, but I suppose they call them weeds too, somewhere in this world?

The Retired One said...

SquirrelQueen: We have recently had 7 BlueJays come to our feeders at least 3 times a day all together...they are supposed to be mean birds to other birds, but I sure like their brilliant blue color when they are all over in my trees! I have never seen a magpie, you should post one on your blog!

Jientje: I feel like you....all weeds are flowers to me...I love them all.

Divine said...

nature untouched is really beautiful...i just love going for a walk and look at all the wild flowers...

The Retired One said...

Divine: I love wildflowers...never saw so many new kinds as this year..noticed them more because of getting into photography and using the macro function...I love looking at their details up close!

Tien-yi said...

Hi, I just saw your blog of 8/6/2009, to my delightful amazement. You took the most crisp, beautiful pictures that I had aspired to but was never able to (even though I had the same Lumix camera)!

I came across your blog because I was searching the Internet for the bell-shaped white wildflower that I saw all over my biking trail near Petoskey yesterday. Anyway, I finally found its name: bladder campion. You were right that they were deemed as weeds:-) Check this out: www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/silvu.htm

I like them nevertheless. They are so cute, almost ethereal! Thought you'd like to know the details of this cutie:

An erect or low-growing perennial from rhizomes with 'bladder-like' flowers, bladder campion (Silene vulgaris) is primarily a weed of pastures and hay fields, but may also occur along roadsides or in other forage crops. It occurs throughout most of the United States.

Bladder campion's flowers occur in clusters of 5 to 30 white flowers that are each approximately 20 mm in width. Individual flowers consist of 5 white petals that are deeply lobed or split and resemble a "V". The flowers also have bladder-like cases which are actually fused inflated sepals with 20 distinct pink to white veins.

The hairless, opposite leaves and lobed, bladder-like flowers are all characteristics that help in the identification of bladder campion.

White campion (Silene alba) is very similar in appearance and growth habit, but has hairs on the leaves and stems unlike bladder campion.

Leaves: Initially develop as somewhat of a basal rosette. Leaves are ovate to lance-shaped, and are easily confused as the leaves of a grass when this occurs as a weed in grass forages. Leaves are approximately 1 1/4 to 3 inches long and are without hairs.

Stems: Erect, branching, reaching 3 1/3 feet in height. Stems are without hairs.

Roots: Rhizomes and a fibrous root system.

Fruit: A round capsule within the 'bladder.' Each fruit is approximately 1/2 inch long.

Seedlings: Cotyledons are 3 to 12 mm long, 1 to 2 1/2 mm wide, elliptical in outline, without hairs, and yellowish green in color.

Enjoy our perfect sunny day!

The Retired One said...

Tien-yi: I am so glad you found my blog and enjoyed the pictures! thanks so much for the interesting educational information on the Bladder Campion! I hope you joined on as a Follower of my blog, it would be great to hear from you often!

Hastanfame said...

The blue flowers are Chicory - the root of the plant is used to make a lot of the soluble fiber that is found in morning cereals and also as a coffee substitute. The flowers are beautiful, and grow wild. They are often found alongside Queen Anne's lace. If you ever find a field of chicory growing with Queen Anne's Lace, it's a beautiful ocean of blue and white.

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