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Bette Kauffman

Bette Kauffman 

Photographer, teacher, accidental but glad mom, wannabee singer, aspiring artist.

Occupation: Professor of Communication, Photographer, Episcopal Deacon (Photographer, teacher, accidental but glad mom, wannabee musician, aspiring artist.)

Location: Monroe, La.

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Cream of the Crop: 05/31/2012

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Art through the Aperture Photography (Paula)12,232There are so many of us out here that have image issues and are our own worst critic.  I challenge you all to take a picture of a body part (and please keep it somewhat clean everyone) that you think is your best attribute.  Take a picture of your arms, hands, feet, knees, hips, etc. that make you feel beautiful.  If you think your whole body is beautiful that’s wonderful, just pick one part. I know you all are beautiful so get busy and shoot. You can do your shot in whatever style you want this is all about your depiction of your beauty, so try abstract, B&W, HDR, whatever tickles your fancy.  Mostly have fun and invite anyone you want.  Please add at your leisure up to the date and only one photograph please! Thank you @118149685580234696847  for so graciously letting me use your shots from last year for our banner.2nd Annual "You Are Beautiful"2015-02-22 04:00:00297  
Bette Kauffman25,945And it won't be so cold in December, right? Well, regardless, +Bette Kauffman is coming to town--God willing and some nut doesn't set fire to the infrastructure again! So it's photowalk time. Calling all Chicago and vicinity photogs. Hope you can join me. We'll gather at the Bean for the obligatory group shot there, and I want to check out what has transpired with the construction that was underway in Millenium Park last time I was there. After that, I'm easy. We can go anywhere y'all are inspired to go, including back up to this beach where Tom and I were freezing our tushes back in March 2013.It really was cold that day....2014-12-20 17:00:002  
Bette Kauffman25,945@115907986192399529711 is coming to Chicago! Will arrive some time Friday Sept. 26 and be ready for a photowalk Saturday. I have us meeting at The Bean, but if anyone has a better idea, I'm game. I'll be staying in Club Quarters Hotel in The Loop, but I'm comfortable using CTA to get about anywhere I want to go. If you can't join in until lunch time or after, we can make that work too. I'll have to head back to my hotel room by 4 p.m. to get ready for the opera. Y'all get this on your calendar, now!Chicago in September!2014-09-27 17:00:003  
Bette Kauffman25,945Yes, Bette Kauffman is coming to Chicago! Opera Friday and Saturday evening, photowalk Saturday, home Sunday. Meet me at The Bean (Cloud Gate to the purists). If the weather cooperates, I plan to be out until about 4:30 p.m. If the weather is nasty (seems a real possibility this year), we'll head up to the conservatory and feast our lenses on orchids and such. Or go anywhere else protected from the elements y'all might suggest. I'm easy to please! Join me for all or part of the day. (Yes, that's @107400819855192601582 in the photo.)The Chicago-in-March photowalk is on!2014-03-08 17:00:007  
Bette Kauffman25,945Bette Kauffman Is Coming to Chicago Photowalk2013-10-26 17:00:004  
Jeff Smith61,778Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for October 14/12 *Theme: Where is the Love* Show us what you love, who you love, how you love, an act of love or kindness, a passion, a desire, maybe a simple heartfelt wish but remember all within the context of a self portrait. ____________________________________ The past weeks SSP was incredible with 200 photos uploaded and the submissions were amazing. Well done everyone. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride  for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks _________________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday  page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for October 14, 20122012-10-14 03:00:00158  
Isabelle Fortin27,333Whatever your poison of choice is, I am hoping everyone can raise a glass to celebrate Mark Rodriguez's Birthday on Sunday Sept. 23rd. Mark will be away on a trip in wine country so I thought we could all post a photo raising a glass and toasting one of the best people on G+ Cheers !! Raise your Glass to International Godriguez Day ! Happy Birthday Mark :)2012-09-23 05:30:00144  

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2016-08-10 22:23:46 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Damn! Never a banana in the house when you need one!

#webcamwednesday +Isabelle Fortin

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2016-08-06 03:43:07 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Resting Place

At #TheQuarry for #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography, curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla.

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2016-08-10 14:46:53 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Yellow Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris)

So... today is #wildflowerwednesday, and tomorrow I head for southwestern Louisiana for our annual "Lily-Orchid Days"--celebrated by tramping about the #KisatchieNationalForest in sweltering heat and stifling humidity, swatting mosquitos and looking for beauties like this one I photographed last year!

Yes, it really is fun! Hope you've been having fun finding wildflowers to share here. Be sure to tag #wildflowerwednesday and me, +Bette Kauffman.

BTW, our headquarters for Lily-Orchid Days is Allen Acres, a B&B surrounded by "natural" gardens on the edge of the Kisatchie south of Fort Polk. It is run by my botanist friend Dr. Charles Allen and his wife Susan, who is a fabulous cook. This is a "Must Visit" if you're a nature lover and come ti Louisiana. 

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2016-08-26 00:07:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Letting Go

For #joinindaily Street Lights/Lamp Posts theme, hosted by +Marsha Leigh for +Johnny Wills.

Letting Go

For #joinindaily Street Lights/Lamp Posts theme, hosted by +Marsha Leigh for +Johnny Wills.___

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2016-08-25 02:10:14 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

#WordlessOnWednesday

#WordlessOnWednesday___

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2016-08-24 01:05:09 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Anatomy of a Flower Head

I don't believe I have ever made a photo that better illustrates a "flower head" than this one. Of course, I don't need to explain a flower head to most #wildflowerwednesday followers. I think my enjoyment of this is because I, myself, didn't know the diference between a flower and a flower head until a few years ago!

In any case, tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday and I look forward once again to perusing your wildflowers in their natural habitat. I have learned so much from doing this theme!

And this glorious stand of Rosinweed (Silphium gracile) was in one of my fave places in all the world: the #KisatchieNationalForest. And when I say "glorious," I mean plants over my head tall and covered with big flower heads in all stages of development. In fact, I could use my take from this site on this particular hot... more »

Anatomy of a Flower Head

I don't believe I have ever made a photo that better illustrates a "flower head" than this one. Of course, I don't need to explain a flower head to most #wildflowerwednesday followers. I think my enjoyment of this is because I, myself, didn't know the diference between a flower and a flower head until a few years ago!

In any case, tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday and I look forward once again to perusing your wildflowers in their natural habitat. I have learned so much from doing this theme!

And this glorious stand of Rosinweed (Silphium gracile) was in one of my fave places in all the world: the #KisatchieNationalForest. And when I say "glorious," I mean plants over my head tall and covered with big flower heads in all stages of development. In fact, I could use my take from this site on this particular hot day in July to create an album showing bud to spent stages of a Rosinweed flower head! Hmmm. Maybe I'll do that.___

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2016-08-24 00:25:42 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Growing Tip (Longleaf Pine [Pinus palustris])

In the #KisatchieNationalForest for #treetuesday +Tree Tuesday, curated by +Christina Lawrie, +David R Robinson, +Kim Troutman, +Ralph Mendoza & +Allen Cabrera.

And for #allthingsgreen +All Things Green, curated by +Cicely Robin Laing.

Growing Tip (Longleaf Pine [Pinus palustris])

In the #KisatchieNationalForest for #treetuesday +Tree Tuesday, curated by +Christina Lawrie, +David R Robinson, +Kim Troutman, +Ralph Mendoza & +Allen Cabrera.

And for #allthingsgreen +All Things Green, curated by +Cicely Robin Laing.___

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2016-08-20 02:18:16 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

My Lamp Is Prettier Than My Toenails

#feetupfriday +Tom Tran +Tisha Luk

My Lamp Is Prettier Than My Toenails

#feetupfriday +Tom Tran +Tisha Luk___

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2016-08-19 22:43:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The copies I purchased to resell are gone, but it is still available online!

The copies I purchased to resell are gone, but it is still available online!___

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2016-08-19 20:11:04 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Blue Flag

For #floralfriday +FloralFriday, curated by +Tamara Pruessner, +Eustace James, +Beth Akerman & +Kiki Nelson.

Blue Flag

For #floralfriday +FloralFriday, curated by +Tamara Pruessner, +Eustace James, +Beth Akerman & +Kiki Nelson.___

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2016-08-19 03:33:38 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Details: NOLA (Mr. Louis)

For #joinindaily SIGN + NEON, guest hosted by +Marsha Leigh for curator +Johnny Wills.

Details: NOLA (Mr. Louis)

For #joinindaily SIGN + NEON, guest hosted by +Marsha Leigh for curator +Johnny Wills.___

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2016-08-19 00:16:59 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

So +John Munt tagged me for the #5daynaturechallenge and I am happy to oblige, although I cannot promise it will be 5 consecutive days! School has started....

I'm never good at thinking of whom to invite to join, but.... +Christina Lihani, how about you? Wanna do a #5daynaturechallenge? 

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

So +John Munt tagged me for the #5daynaturechallenge and I am happy to oblige, although I cannot promise it will be 5 consecutive days! School has started....

I'm never good at thinking of whom to invite to join, but.... +Christina Lihani, how about you? Wanna do a #5daynaturechallenge? ___

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2016-08-18 03:18:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Fascinating flower! Love those "onion dome" petal tips. Thanks to +Bob Danley for sharing this beauty with #wildflowerwednesday .

Explorer's Gentian (Gentiana calycosa)
Shared with #wildflowerwednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman

Natural History Notes: Twenty-seven species in this genus; at least one species in every state (Brandenburg 2010). Now is good time to be looking for these plants, they flower late summer into fall.

Characteristics: Perennial found in moist soils around mountain lakes (Lackschewitz 1991). Can be identified by the spotting on the deep blue flowers and egg-shaped leaves (Lesica 2012). Hitchcock and Cronquist (1991) felt that several species outside of the Rocky Mountains would be good candidates for home rock gardens.
___Fascinating flower! Love those "onion dome" petal tips. Thanks to +Bob Danley for sharing this beauty with #wildflowerwednesday .

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2016-08-18 02:47:17 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

#wordlessonwednesday #photosquared 

#wordlessonwednesday #photosquared ___

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2016-08-18 02:18:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Be sure to look at this one in lightbox, folks, so you can really appreciate all the tiny florets. Well done, +Kati Lust, and thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Achillea millefolium


For #WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___Be sure to look at this one in lightbox, folks, so you can really appreciate all the tiny florets. Well done, +Kati Lust, and thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-18 02:15:22 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I'm forgetting what this is. Spent clematis flowers?? Hmmm. I'm not sure but it sure is cool to see! Thanks, +David A Fishel, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

"Faux Cotton"

For #WildFlowerWednesday created and curated by +Bette Kauffman ___I'm forgetting what this is. Spent clematis flowers?? Hmmm. I'm not sure but it sure is cool to see! Thanks, +David A Fishel, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-18 02:11:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Chicory! I'd recognize that periwinkle color and "pinked" petal tips anywhere. Lovely contribution to #wildflowerwednesday by +Sabeena LoBello.

"The perception of beauty is a moral test."
-- Henry David Thoreau


#WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___Chicory! I'd recognize that periwinkle color and "pinked" petal tips anywhere. Lovely contribution to #wildflowerwednesday by +Sabeena LoBello.

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2016-08-18 02:08:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I call this "propeller plant"! Don't these flowers look like they're about to spin off and fly away? I think so! Thanks +John Munt for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Great St Johnswort - Hypericum pyramidatum

June - Aug blooms
Wet areas -shorelines

The large size of both the plant (up to 6 ft) and flowers (2 in) sets it apart from other St Johnsworts

#wildflowerwednesday with +Bette Kauffman___I call this "propeller plant"! Don't these flowers look like they're about to spin off and fly away? I think so! Thanks +John Munt for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-18 02:05:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Love these wonderfully fresh cranefly orchids! Was hoping to see some last weekend, but my trip to where they grow was ruined by flooding. Many thanks to +Eric Hunt for sharing these with #wildflowerwednesday.

Tipularia discolor

Species from eastern North America

Common name: Cranefly Orchid

Photographed in Boyle Park, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas

#arkansas   #littlerock   #boylepark   #orchid   #nativeplants  
#wildflowerwednesday  - curate by +Bette Kauffman ___Love these wonderfully fresh cranefly orchids! Was hoping to see some last weekend, but my trip to where they grow was ruined by flooding. Many thanks to +Eric Hunt for sharing these with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-18 00:10:20 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Horsemint (Monarda punctata)

So... last week I was all excited about going to southwest Louisiana for Lily-Orchid Days and thought for sure I'd have brand new orchid shots to pick from for this week's #wildflowerwednesday.

Wellll....., in case you haven't heard, large parts of southern Louisiana went underwater last weekend! Lily-Orchid Days had to be cancelled. I am high and dry, but the south-central part of the state got hit quite hard.

Nevertheless, today is #wildflowerwednesday! Instead of an orchid, I have the much more common Horsemint, also known as Spotted Beebalm, Monarda punctata. In fact, I find the tiered flowerheads quite spectacular. These I encountered in an oil field area around Tullos, a tiny village in central Louisiana. A large circular area is always cleared of trees to drill an oil well, which creates a great place for wildflowers to... more »

Horsemint (Monarda punctata)

So... last week I was all excited about going to southwest Louisiana for Lily-Orchid Days and thought for sure I'd have brand new orchid shots to pick from for this week's #wildflowerwednesday.

Wellll....., in case you haven't heard, large parts of southern Louisiana went underwater last weekend! Lily-Orchid Days had to be cancelled. I am high and dry, but the south-central part of the state got hit quite hard.

Nevertheless, today is #wildflowerwednesday! Instead of an orchid, I have the much more common Horsemint, also known as Spotted Beebalm, Monarda punctata. In fact, I find the tiered flowerheads quite spectacular. These I encountered in an oil field area around Tullos, a tiny village in central Louisiana. A large circular area is always cleared of trees to drill an oil well, which creates a great place for wildflowers to spring up a few years later.

And, BTW, if anyone can spare a few bucks, here's a link where you can make donations: https://togetherbr.nationbuilder.com/donate. I am personally involved in Together Baton Rouge and can guarantee that every penny given is going directly to purchase basic essentials for people who lost everything because the water rose so fast, all they could do was flee with the clothes on their back.___

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2016-08-17 00:40:11 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Just did a revision...

Just did a revision...___

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2016-08-15 17:59:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

A Hundred Ways to Kneel & Kiss the Ground #015

A Hundred Ways to Kneel & Kiss the Ground #015___

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2016-08-15 03:28:46 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

For the Living

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla

For the Living

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla___

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2016-08-14 18:34:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Required reading.

Required reading.___

2016-08-11 02:39:40 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Pentax users, and anyone else with a reasonably qualified opinion:

I am deeply sad to report that my wonderful, reliable, versatile SMC Pentax-A 1:4 70-210 zoom lens has bit the dust. I used it long and hard, and a few months ago, fell on pavement and banged it a good one. It continued to work, although no longer focusing perfectly at distance. In late June, parts of the barrel that are not supposed to move began moving and it wouldn't focus at all. I found a guy who works on old lenses and sent it to him, but he says the parts aren't just loose, they are broken and he can't get replacement parts.

So... I want to replace this lens with one that zooms all the way to 300mm. I can't pay $2000 but I can pay between $500 and $1000. Can I get a decent k-mount zoom up to 300 mm in that price range? Any specific recommendations?

BTW, I care not whether it is analog... more »

Pentax users, and anyone else with a reasonably qualified opinion:

I am deeply sad to report that my wonderful, reliable, versatile SMC Pentax-A 1:4 70-210 zoom lens has bit the dust. I used it long and hard, and a few months ago, fell on pavement and banged it a good one. It continued to work, although no longer focusing perfectly at distance. In late June, parts of the barrel that are not supposed to move began moving and it wouldn't focus at all. I found a guy who works on old lenses and sent it to him, but he says the parts aren't just loose, they are broken and he can't get replacement parts.

So... I want to replace this lens with one that zooms all the way to 300mm. I can't pay $2000 but I can pay between $500 and $1000. Can I get a decent k-mount zoom up to 300 mm in that price range? Any specific recommendations?

BTW, I care not whether it is analog or digital. I rarely use auto-focus or any of the other auto features of my Pentax K-3 camera. Anybody know a reliable source for old lenses in good shape?___

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2016-08-11 02:25:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I can't see a daisy without wanting to burst into song! Such a cheerful flower. Thanks, +Kati Lust, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Daisy



For #wildflowerwednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___I can't see a daisy without wanting to burst into song! Such a cheerful flower. Thanks, +Kati Lust, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-11 02:17:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Leaves wrapped around the stem? Who'd have thought! But it is nice to know on one aster that's easy to identify. Thanks, +Bob Danley, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. 

Great Northern Aster (Canadanthus modestus)
Shared with #wildflowerwednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman

Natural History Notes: Asterae, tribe of plants in the family Asteraceae (~23,600 species worldwide), have been recently examined morphologically and genetically by Guy Nesom and Harold Robinson (Wikipedia). It was discovered that American Asters are not directly related with European Asters. Work continues to tease out taxonomic relationships.

Identification: This species is somewhat easy to separate from other Asters that also bloom late summer into fall by noting the upper leaves wrapped around the stem (Lackschewitz 1991). Found near water: streamsides, wetlands, wet meadows (Lesica 2012).
___Leaves wrapped around the stem? Who'd have thought! But it is nice to know on one aster that's easy to identify. Thanks, +Bob Danley, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. 

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2016-08-11 02:14:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Trumpet vine flowers are harder to photograph than you would think. They are often up high, but even when low, I always struggle a bit to frame their long shape. Well don, +David A Fishel and thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

"Berries, Buds & Blooms"

For #WildFlowerWednesday  created and curated by +Bette Kauffman ___Trumpet vine flowers are harder to photograph than you would think. They are often up high, but even when low, I always struggle a bit to frame their long shape. Well don, +David A Fishel and thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-11 02:11:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

If you leave lemon drops lying about, ants will find them! Many thanks to +Sabeena LoBello for sharing this great macro with #wildflowerwednesday.

"If you have a lot of sweetness and quirkiness, someone's got to have a little bit of bite against that."
-- Lamorne Morris

#WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​

#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro​ curated by +Stefanie Schächtel, +Igor Schevchenko, +Peter Marbaise, +Evi Verstraeten, +Robert Kubacki, and +Andi Fritzsch___If you leave lemon drops lying about, ants will find them! Many thanks to +Sabeena LoBello for sharing this great macro with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-11 02:08:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

These beauties, and E. pallida as well, always remind me of a Southern Belle languishingly prettily on her day bed on a hot day. It's the droop of the petals! Many thanks, +Eric Hunt, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Echinacea sanguinea

Species from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas

It is only known from 3 counties in Arkansas

Common name: sanguine purple coneflower

Photographed at Miller County Sandhills Natural Area, Miller County, Arkansas

#nativeplants   #arkansas   #echinacea   #millercountysandhills   #wildflowerwednesday - curated by +Bette Kauffman ___These beauties, and E. pallida as well, always remind me of a Southern Belle languishingly prettily on her day bed on a hot day. It's the droop of the petals! Many thanks, +Eric Hunt, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-11 02:05:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I hope +Fine Art Photography by Ken Barber's computer problems don't keep him away too long. But he left #wildflowerwednesday with this lovely spot of warmth to feast our eyes on for awhile. Love the spotlight of sunlight!!

Heartleaf Arnica, or Broadleaf Arnica?

Arnica latifolia, Arnica cordifolia, or something.

For #wildflowerwednesday  curated by +Bette Kauffman 

No time to look it up right now. The video quit on one of my computers, and the battery in the other is about to blow up so I'm doing this in a hurry. Looks like I won't be doing any photo post-processing for a while.___I hope +Fine Art Photography by Ken Barber's computer problems don't keep him away too long. But he left #wildflowerwednesday with this lovely spot of warmth to feast our eyes on for awhile. Love the spotlight of sunlight!!

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2016-08-10 22:23:46 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Damn! Never a banana in the house when you need one!

#webcamwednesday +Isabelle Fortin

Damn! Never a banana in the house when you need one!

#webcamwednesday +Isabelle Fortin___

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2016-08-10 15:42:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

#wordlessonwednesday

#wordlessonwednesday___

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2016-08-10 14:46:53 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Yellow Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris)

So... today is #wildflowerwednesday, and tomorrow I head for southwestern Louisiana for our annual "Lily-Orchid Days"--celebrated by tramping about the #KisatchieNationalForest in sweltering heat and stifling humidity, swatting mosquitos and looking for beauties like this one I photographed last year!

Yes, it really is fun! Hope you've been having fun finding wildflowers to share here. Be sure to tag #wildflowerwednesday and me, +Bette Kauffman.

BTW, our headquarters for Lily-Orchid Days is Allen Acres, a B&B surrounded by "natural" gardens on the edge of the Kisatchie south of Fort Polk. It is run by my botanist friend Dr. Charles Allen and his wife Susan, who is a fabulous cook. This is a "Must Visit" if you're a nature lover and come ti Louisiana. 

Yellow Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris)

So... today is #wildflowerwednesday, and tomorrow I head for southwestern Louisiana for our annual "Lily-Orchid Days"--celebrated by tramping about the #KisatchieNationalForest in sweltering heat and stifling humidity, swatting mosquitos and looking for beauties like this one I photographed last year!

Yes, it really is fun! Hope you've been having fun finding wildflowers to share here. Be sure to tag #wildflowerwednesday and me, +Bette Kauffman.

BTW, our headquarters for Lily-Orchid Days is Allen Acres, a B&B surrounded by "natural" gardens on the edge of the Kisatchie south of Fort Polk. It is run by my botanist friend Dr. Charles Allen and his wife Susan, who is a fabulous cook. This is a "Must Visit" if you're a nature lover and come ti Louisiana. ___

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2016-08-09 04:57:12 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The Singer

On a summer evening in Chicago for #hqspmusic +HQSP Music, curated by +Bill Merrow. And for #hqsportraits +HQSP Portraits, curated by +Heiko Köster & +Frank Nöthe.

The Singer

On a summer evening in Chicago for #hqspmusic +HQSP Music, curated by +Bill Merrow. And for #hqsportraits +HQSP Portraits, curated by +Heiko Köster & +Frank Nöthe.___

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2016-08-07 19:37:42 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

It Is Illegal to Feed Alligators

#CypressIsland in the #AtchafalayaBasin for #signsunday +Sign Sunday, curated by +Lori Carey, +Janice Hackney & +Jetski.

It Is Illegal to Feed Alligators

#CypressIsland in the #AtchafalayaBasin for #signsunday +Sign Sunday, curated by +Lori Carey, +Janice Hackney & +Jetski.___

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2016-08-06 03:43:07 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Resting Place

At #TheQuarry for #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography, curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla.

Resting Place

At #TheQuarry for #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography, curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla.___

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2016-08-05 20:11:14 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

+Sabeena LoBello just knowcked it out of the park with two of my fave things: a wildflower and Rumi! Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday!

"There are as many ways of loving as there are people, and that wildflower variety is the great beauty of this dimension of existence."
-- Rumi

#WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​

#HQSPflowers +HQSP Flowers​ curated by +Wayne Lu​, +Iva Pas​, +Francine Vanlé​, and +kaatje jansen​

#HQSPmacro +HQSP Macro​ curated by +Igor Schevchenko​, +Stefanie Schächtel​, +Peter Marbaise​, +Evi Verstraeten​, and +Robert Kubacki​___+Sabeena LoBello just knowcked it out of the park with two of my fave things: a wildflower and Rumi! Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday!

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2016-08-05 20:09:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Fascinating plant. I wonder if the leaves of this plaintain are as edible and medicinally useful as some of the other plaintains? Thanks, +Bob Danley, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday .

Giant Rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)
shared with #wildflowerwednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman

Natural History Notes: There are four species in the genus Goodyera. This species is widely distributed over the West, Midwest and Northeast part of the country (Brandenburg 2010).

Characteristics: Turner and Gustafston (2006) describe the plant from the Pacific Northwest as common, having evergreen leaves, growth to 14 inches in height inhabiting dry conifer forests. Very easy to walk by as the colors are muted and the stature of the plant blends readily into the landscape.

___Fascinating plant. I wonder if the leaves of this plaintain are as edible and medicinally useful as some of the other plaintains? Thanks, +Bob Danley, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday .

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2016-08-05 20:05:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Great POV on this butterfly pea, +Eric Hunt. Loving the lavender, as always! Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday .

Clitoria mariana

Species from eastern and southern North America

Common name: butterfly-pea, Atlantic Pigeonwings

Photographed in Gillam Park at the Little Rock Audubon Center, Arkansas

#arkansas   #nativeplants   #clitoria   #gillampark   #littlerock  
#wildflowerwednesday  - curated by +Bette Kauffman ___Great POV on this butterfly pea, +Eric Hunt. Loving the lavender, as always! Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday .

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2016-08-05 20:04:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Wonderful! I know flat-topped goldenrod, but flat-topped aster is a new one for me. Thanks, +John Munt, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday .

Flat Topped White Aster - Doellingeria umbellata

a wet meadow plant that prefers the edges of swampy areas.

August blooming
Colton, NY

#wildflowerwednesday with +Bette Kauffman___Wonderful! I know flat-topped goldenrod, but flat-topped aster is a new one for me. Thanks, +John Munt, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday .

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2016-08-05 20:01:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Another pair of beauties from +Steele Wotkyns! Thanks for sharing them with #wildflowerwednesday .

It's another toss-up on which one to choose today for #wildflowerwednesday  (curated by +Bette Kauffman )... so... I went with both: I'm calling the yellow flower Smooth goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis) and the lavender one Three-Nerved fleabane (Erigeron subtrinervis). Rummy's in a shot of the former... Of course with me it's an emphasis on amateur in amateur #botany  so perhaps +Bob Danley or +Eric Hunt or +Fine Art Photography by Ken Barber can set me straight on the identifications? (c)Steele Wotkyns___Another pair of beauties from +Steele Wotkyns! Thanks for sharing them with #wildflowerwednesday .

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2016-08-05 19:51:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Teasel for a mustache comb? Amazing what you can learn following #wildflowerwednesday ! Great shot, +David A Fishel. Cool info, +John Munt.

"Gathering the Pollen"

For #WildFlowerWednesday  curated by +Bette Kauffman ___Teasel for a mustache comb? Amazing what you can learn following #wildflowerwednesday ! Great shot, +David A Fishel. Cool info, +John Munt.

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2016-08-05 19:48:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Wow! Such a gorgeous wildflower by +Fine Art Photography by Ken Barber ! I too did not know Paintbrush came in this color. Thanks so much for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. Good to know you're got Internet for a couple of weeks, Ken!

Presumably a Castilleja rhexiifolia aka Pink Rose Paintbrush

for #Wildflowerwednesday  curated by +Bette Kauffman 

Just yesterday I moved to a campground where there is cellular service and therefore (for me anyway) Internet. The Forest Service allows 14 days per campground so I should be able to contribute next week also.

There are tons of wildflowers up here, and this is one I've never seen before. Lots of catching up to do while I have Internet, so I haven't researched this plant very well. If anyone sees that I'm wrong about its ID, please comment below.

I never knew there were so many colors of Paintbrush until I moved to Colorado. Growing up in Oregon, I only saw the red variety, which we (politically incorrectly) called "Indian Paintbrush."___Wow! Such a gorgeous wildflower by +Fine Art Photography by Ken Barber ! I too did not know Paintbrush came in this color. Thanks so much for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. Good to know you're got Internet for a couple of weeks, Ken!

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2016-08-05 19:44:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

What wonderful information from +Naturpunkt by Gina M. this week! Thank you so much for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

I like to share with you useful information about one of my favorite healing plants and wish you a week with good health. Often we are  surrounded by such natural helps and it's good, that we are or get  aware of them.
Narrow leaf plantain / Ribgrass, Buckhorn [bot. Plantago lanceolata] [German: Spitzwegerich]  The leaves are quite edible, and often used raw in salads and cooked as greens.

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► Plantain is very high in vitamins A and C and in calcium. Medicinally, Native Americans used plantain leaves to relieve the pain of bee stings and insect bites, stop the itching of poison ivy and other allergic rashes, and promote healing in sores and bruises.

This wildflower gets its name from the shape of the individual leaves which are said to resemble a buck's horn.  It was used as a medicinal plant for treatment of fevers and the leaves are said to be a tasty addition to salads if they are plucked before the plant flowers.

Plantain is one herb that I literally would not be without. It grows in abundance in our yard so we use it fresh during the warm seasons and dry and freeze for use in the winter. I make salves with it for calming bug bites, rashes and burns and it works wonders.

► What is Plantain?
Plantain (or Plantago Major) is a common backyard herb with broad leafs. Most people think of it as a weed, though it is an incredibly useful herb.
According to Mountain Rose Herbs:
“Legend has it that Alexander the Great discovered it and brought it with him back to Europe in 327 BCE. It has been referred to as the Whiteman’s Foot by Native Americans, as wherever they went, it seemed to spring up. and in some places, it is seen as a noxious, invasive weed. It is, however, a useful little plant. It has been used by many cultures the world over, and the Saxons considered it one of their nine sacred herbs.

It was considered an early Christian symbol of the path followed by the devout and many cultures today refer to it as an aphrodisiac.

► The leaves are quite edible, and often used raw in salads and cooked as greens. Older leaves have a stronger, sometimes objectionable flavor, and can be tough and stringy, but can be used to make tea.
Plantain tea can be used as a mouthwash to help heal and prevent sores in the mouth, and as an expectorant. Most recently, plantain is being marketed as a stop smoking aid, adding one more use to the list of ways that this versatile herb is useful.”

“Plantain has been used as a panacea in some Native American cultures and with some very good reasons. Many of its active constituents show antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, as well as being anti-inflammatory and antitoxic. The leaves, shredded or chewed, are a traditional treatment for insect and animal bites and the antibacterial action helps prevent infection and the anti-inflammatory helps to relieve pain, burning, and itching. There is some investigation ongoing to study its affects on lowering blood sugar.

 The Many Uses of Plantain:
Plantain leaf can be made into a tea, tincture or infusion and used internally (according to Practical Herbalism):
To help get Cholesterol to healthy Levels
To aid those with Diabetes
For Hemorrhoid relief
To help relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome
To help calm the bowels during Constipation or Diarrhea
To sooth kidney and bladder problems and to aid with Bladder infection, ITIs and similar problems. Safe for children
For indigestion and ulcers
Plantain Leaf is also very soothing on external  inflammation:
Bites
Stings
Rashes
Eczema
Psoriasis
Burns
Cuts
Yeast
Varicose Veins

►How to Use Plantain:
If fresh plantain grows in your yard, you can make sure it has not been sprayed by pesticides or pets and use in teas or the young leaves in salads.
For stings and bites,  make a poultice of fresh plantain leaf and bentonite clay with water to form a paste. It will take away the pain immediately when placed on the bite or sting. If you don’t have the other ingredients nearby, just chew up a leaf of plantain and spit on the bite. It sounds gross but greatly relieves the pain.

An infusion or strong tea of plantain leaf (dried or fresh) sprayed on a sunburn will cool the burn and relieve the pain. This will also help sooth rashes and reactions from Poison Ivy, Oak or Sumac. To make an even stronger remedy, steep plantain leaf (fresh or dried) in apple cider vinegar for a few weeks and then strain. The infused vinegar will sooth itching, burning and pain on the skin very quickly.

A cup of plantain tea from fresh or dried leaves will sooth indigestion, heartburn or IBS. It is calming on all types of digestive disturbances. It is also helpful for UTIs, Bladder infections or kidney infections.

I make a salve of Plantain and other herbs to speed healing of wounds and use in place of antibiotic cream. Recipe soon.
You can also get pre-made Plantain tincture, tea, or healing salve to have in your  purse or first aid kit when needed.

►NOTE: Plantain is generally considered a safe herb but as with anything, consult your doctor before using if you have any kind of medical condition. It should not be used in place of medical attention when needed.

(Information: wellnessmama com plantain-healing-herb)



further i would like to share this with the follwing themes:
#GrassTuesday +Grass Tuesday by +Margaret Tompkins
#wildflowerwednesday by +Bette Kauffman
#wildplants #wildflowers
#myfpod +My Fav Pic of the Day +Trudy Grossman +Victoria D
#landscapearttuesday +LandscapeArtTuesday +Christina Deubel
#highkeytuesday +High Key Tuesday by +Jörn Schimmelpfeng 

#MacroAddict +MacroAddict by +Sandrine Berjonneau +didier caron
#everythinggreen +Everything Green by +andi rivarola
#AllThingsGreen +All Things Green by +Cicely Robin Laing
#inthelight +In the Light +andi rivarola
#photojournalworldwide +Photo Journal Worldwide by +andi rivarola
#everydaythings +EVERYDAY THINGS +luca lancieri +Boba Musura
#BTPMacroPro – +BTP Macro Pro . founded by +Rinus Bakker , owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Kenny Jones
  #hqspmacro  +HQSP Macro curated by  +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
 
#bellesphotos  pour +Belles photos 
#dailydepthoffield +Daily Depth Of Field curated by +Vince Ong +Nuraini Ghaifullah and +f.a. fiebig
#soothingphotography (+Soothing Photography) curated by +E Cindy, +Massimo Marengo, +***, +Thomas Welborn and +Naghmeh Khadembashi 
#colormeweekly #colourmeweekly +Rosie Nixon +Betty Manousos 
#flowercolors +//flower colors// +angelic labru 

#leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday curated by +Mehdia Ridder
 
#inspirationalphotography #herbs #macrophotography #grass #herbalife #naturephotography #naturpunkt  ___What wonderful information from +Naturpunkt by Gina M. this week! Thank you so much for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-08-05 19:36:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Dear #wildflowerwednesday loyals: No, I really didn't fall off the face of the earth! It's just been a kind of hellish week. So here's my contribution to this week's #wildflowerwednesday--two days late--and I'm about to head over to have a look at what y'all posted.

And isn't it a shame loosestrife is an invasive plant? Took this at my beloved quarry a few miles north of Pollock in central Louisiana.

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

Dear #wildflowerwednesday loyals: No, I really didn't fall off the face of the earth! It's just been a kind of hellish week. So here's my contribution to this week's #wildflowerwednesday--two days late--and I'm about to head over to have a look at what y'all posted.

And isn't it a shame loosestrife is an invasive plant? Took this at my beloved quarry a few miles north of Pollock in central Louisiana.___

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2016-07-28 18:14:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

So, do you suppose this plant is the source of the "wintergreen" flavor? Probably not, but I can almost taste those delicately shaded bells! Thanks so much for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday, +Bob Danley.

One-sided Wintergreen (Orthilia secunda)
Shared with #wildflowerwednesday and curated by +Bette Kauffman

Natural History Notes: A diminutive plant that has evergreen leaves (Kimball and Lesica 2010). Seven species in this genus with distribution localized in the American West and upper Midwest and Northeast (Brandenburg 2010).

Identification: This plant only grows 2 to 6 inches in height. This wintergreen usually occurs at mid to alpine elevations of moist conifer forests (Schiemann 2010). Lantern-like greenish-white flowers hang from one side of the main stem.___So, do you suppose this plant is the source of the "wintergreen" flavor? Probably not, but I can almost taste those delicately shaded bells! Thanks so much for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday, +Bob Danley.

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2016-07-28 18:11:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"Just" a petunia, but, oh, so pretty! Like many flowers, I like the wild ones more than the tame ones!! Wonderful shot, +Eric Hunt. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Ruellia humilis

Species from east-central North America

Common name: Wild Petunia

Photographed in Gillam Park at the Little Rock Audubon Center, Arkansas

#nativeplants   #arkansas   #ruellia   #wildpetunia   #littlerock   #gillampark  
#wildflowerwednesday  - curated by +Bette Kauffman ___"Just" a petunia, but, oh, so pretty! Like many flowers, I like the wild ones more than the tame ones!! Wonderful shot, +Eric Hunt. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-07-28 18:10:18 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Awww! Another Eastern Tailed Blue! Except this one looks really white. And I don't recognize the flower. Some kind of clover, perhaps? In any case, lovely, +Sabeena LoBello. Thanks for sharing with @wildflowerwednesday.

"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."
-- Russell Baker

#WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​

#OnTheWingsOfButterflies +On the Wings of Butterflies!​ curated by +Cicely Robin Laing​___Awww! Another Eastern Tailed Blue! Except this one looks really white. And I don't recognize the flower. Some kind of clover, perhaps? In any case, lovely, +Sabeena LoBello. Thanks for sharing with @wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-07-28 16:52:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Do you see blue? Do you see purple? Either way, beautiful! Thanks, +David A Fishel, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Blue

For #WildFlowerWednesday  curated by +Bette Kauffman ___Do you see blue? Do you see purple? Either way, beautiful! Thanks, +David A Fishel, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-07-28 16:49:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The sunflower family is such fun! This is a new "face" to me. Thanks to +John Munt for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Elecampane - Inula helenium

Naturalized member of the sunflower family found in wet/moist open areas. Most likely it was brought to the new world for medicinal use

#wildflowerwednesday with +Bette Kauffman
#wildflower___The sunflower family is such fun! This is a new "face" to me. Thanks to +John Munt for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2016-07-28 01:00:48 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

#wordlessonwednesday


#wordlessonwednesday
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2016-07-27 14:52:10 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

Yesterday's take! And not the best image. It was so blooming hot, it was hard to concentrate. I have been watching this patch of Blazing Star for a few weeks and pulled in yesterday expecting to find it in bloom. I was not disappointed in the flowers, but am in the photography.

Nevertheless, today is #wildflowerwednesday. I have already seen a few lovely contributions! Will be back this evening to look for more. So share your wildflowers in their natural habitat, and be sure to tell the story of the shot!

This shot was made in the Catahoula Ranger District of the #KisatchieNationalForest along Forest Road 128 in central Louisiana. This road is a particularly fruitful place to go for wildflowers and right now it is alive with Blazing Star, Flat-topped Goldenrod, Ironweed and Rosinweed. I know this one is L. pycnostachya... more »

Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

Yesterday's take! And not the best image. It was so blooming hot, it was hard to concentrate. I have been watching this patch of Blazing Star for a few weeks and pulled in yesterday expecting to find it in bloom. I was not disappointed in the flowers, but am in the photography.

Nevertheless, today is #wildflowerwednesday. I have already seen a few lovely contributions! Will be back this evening to look for more. So share your wildflowers in their natural habitat, and be sure to tell the story of the shot!

This shot was made in the Catahoula Ranger District of the #KisatchieNationalForest along Forest Road 128 in central Louisiana. This road is a particularly fruitful place to go for wildflowers and right now it is alive with Blazing Star, Flat-topped Goldenrod, Ironweed and Rosinweed. I know this one is L. pycnostachya because I am standing right next to this plant and shooting the top of the flower stalk at eye level!___

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