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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

Followers: 25,709

Cream of the Crop: 05/31/2012

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Art through the Aperture Photography (Paula)12,748There 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 04:00:00296  
Bette Kauffman25,709And 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 Kauffman25,709@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 Kauffman25,709Yes, 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 Kauffman25,709Bette Kauffman Is Coming to Chicago Photowalk2013-10-26 17:00:004  
Jeff Smith60,779Welcome 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 Fortin27,320Whatever 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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2017-07-21 21:15:02 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Between A Rock and A Hard Place

For #joinindaily Yellow in the Middle, by +Johnny Wills.

Most reshares: 2

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2017-08-15 01:20:48 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) & Gary Miers (Homo sapiens)

Plussers, meet my friend Gary Miers. Gary is the ultimate animal whisperer. He works at our local Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and he is on a first-name basis with every animal there.

I recently visited the zoo for the purposes of the 20th Round Scavanger Hunt. You will have to wait to see that photo for the reveals, of course! But in the meantime, I wanted to introduce you to Gary and a few of his critters.

This critter, clearly in 7th heaven at being cuddled by Gary, is a baby. Gary says it will be released into the wild when it is grown, but in a protected area where it can't be hunted, since it clearly has no fear of humans.

But.... I watched and listened as Gary called an 11-foot male and an 8-foot female who are permanent residents of the zoo. They were in their pool... more »

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2017-08-15 01:20:48 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) & Gary Miers (Homo sapiens)

Plussers, meet my friend Gary Miers. Gary is the ultimate animal whisperer. He works at our local Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and he is on a first-name basis with every animal there.

I recently visited the zoo for the purposes of the 20th Round Scavanger Hunt. You will have to wait to see that photo for the reveals, of course! But in the meantime, I wanted to introduce you to Gary and a few of his critters.

This critter, clearly in 7th heaven at being cuddled by Gary, is a baby. Gary says it will be released into the wild when it is grown, but in a protected area where it can't be hunted, since it clearly has no fear of humans.

But.... I watched and listened as Gary called an 11-foot male and an 8-foot female who are permanent residents of the zoo. They were in their pool... more »

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2017-08-23 03:27:49 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes)

I won't try to guess which species of Spiranthes this is. I sure do enjoy the open mouths of the tine flowers! These were growing in a bog near an eduro trail in the #KisatchieNationalForest.

And tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday! I will be on the road all day and get home late, so it will most likely be Thursday evening when I get to look for your posts. Wildflowers in their natural habitat, please, and be sure to tag me, +Bette Kauffman, as well as #wildflowerwednesday.

Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes)

I won't try to guess which species of Spiranthes this is. I sure do enjoy the open mouths of the tine flowers! These were growing in a bog near an eduro trail in the #KisatchieNationalForest.

And tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday! I will be on the road all day and get home late, so it will most likely be Thursday evening when I get to look for your posts. Wildflowers in their natural habitat, please, and be sure to tag me, +Bette Kauffman, as well as #wildflowerwednesday.
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2017-08-22 05:15:54 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

La Catedral de San Fernando

#hqsparchitecture +HQSP Urban & Architecture +Dmitry Jurkov +Janusz Bednarski

La Catedral de San Fernando

#hqsparchitecture +HQSP Urban & Architecture +Dmitry Jurkov +Janusz Bednarski
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2017-08-19 23:32:32 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Iowa Farmstead

For #farmfriday +Farm Friday, curated by +Ellie Kennard, +Steven Kennard & +Susanne Stelle. Also for #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape, curated by +Peter Marbaise, +Volker Seifarth, +Marcus de Roos, +olivier nelis, +Matvey Z & +Francisco H Camach.

Iowa Farmstead

For #farmfriday +Farm Friday, curated by +Ellie Kennard, +Steven Kennard & +Susanne Stelle. Also for #hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape, curated by +Peter Marbaise, +Volker Seifarth, +Marcus de Roos, +olivier nelis, +Matvey Z & +Francisco H Camach.
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2017-08-19 15:48:08 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Hearts Forward

Many thanks to +Johnny Wills for this opportunity to share one more of my photos from Cupid's Undie Run in Chicago, Feb. 2016, for #joinindaily's RACING theme. In fact, these folks are racing only the cold, and as you can see, some embraced the batshit crazy concept of running nearly naked in Chicago in the dead of winter more enthusiastically than others! But they were all "hearts forward" raising funds for Children's Tumor Foundation research. Run, Cupid, run.

Hearts Forward

Many thanks to +Johnny Wills for this opportunity to share one more of my photos from Cupid's Undie Run in Chicago, Feb. 2016, for #joinindaily's RACING theme. In fact, these folks are racing only the cold, and as you can see, some embraced the batshit crazy concept of running nearly naked in Chicago in the dead of winter more enthusiastically than others! But they were all "hearts forward" raising funds for Children's Tumor Foundation research. Run, Cupid, run.
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2017-08-18 23:16:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Exactly.

Exactly.___

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2017-08-18 01:09:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Love Wins

So, dear plussers, I introduced my friend Gary Meirs a few days ago. He works at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and did me the favor of a personal tour last week when I went out to shoot for a 20th Round Scavenger Hunt category.

No, of course, this image has nothing to do with the hunt! It's just Gary doing what he does best: winning over the animals with his TLC. Here he is in the children's corner of the zoo with the miniature horse.

Is this an image of love or what?!

Love Wins

So, dear plussers, I introduced my friend Gary Meirs a few days ago. He works at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and did me the favor of a personal tour last week when I went out to shoot for a 20th Round Scavenger Hunt category.

No, of course, this image has nothing to do with the hunt! It's just Gary doing what he does best: winning over the animals with his TLC. Here he is in the children's corner of the zoo with the miniature horse.

Is this an image of love or what?!___

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2017-08-18 00:55:15 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Broadbanded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata confluens)

How can I not re-share this for #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills for IN, not on, WATER ?!

Thanks, Johnny, for the fun daily themes.

Broadbanded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata confluens)

How can I not re-share this for #joinindaily by +Johnny Wills for IN, not on, WATER ?!

Thanks, Johnny, for the fun daily themes.___

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2017-08-18 00:50:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Such feathery beauty! These truly look like you could pick one and paint with it. Thanks, +Bob Danley, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

A wide angle shot of Greater Red Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) above Sawmill Creek in the Sapphire Mountains. Hope you like it :-) Shared with #wildflowerwednesday and +Bette Kauffman

Indexed by: #BD_Castilleja_miniata
___Such feathery beauty! These truly look like you could pick one and paint with it. Thanks, +Bob Danley, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-08-17 00:42:23 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A lovely pair from +Steele Wotkyns, and a worthy tribute to his friends. I so look forward to Solidago Gold every fall!

With special greetings and hugs, to honor +Vera Chirkova (and since the name is so fitting for her), here is, I'm quite sure, Beautiful cinquefoil (Potentilla pulcherrima) with that latter species name's Latin means very beautiful (as is, of course, +Vera Chirkova). Also with special warm greetings, thanks and this one's a harbinger of the soon-to-be changing of seasons for +Taye H. Meyer here is Goldenrod (Solidago sp.). Big thanks to +Bette Kauffman for her awesome, dedicated curation of #wildflowerwednesday (c)2017 Steele Wotkyns___A lovely pair from +Steele Wotkyns, and a worthy tribute to his friends. I so look forward to Solidago Gold every fall!

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2017-08-16 03:12:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias hirtella)

Louisiana has fragments of prairie in roadside ditches and this great butterfly plant was growing in one of them. This is along Vaughn Road in southwest Louisiana, just north of Bundick Lake.

I am really tired tonight, having spent 3 hours in the dentist's chair today and come away with a super sore mouth. But tomorrow is STILL #wildflowerwednesday, and I STILL hope you'll share your photos of wildflowers in their natural habitat!

Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias hirtella)

Louisiana has fragments of prairie in roadside ditches and this great butterfly plant was growing in one of them. This is along Vaughn Road in southwest Louisiana, just north of Bundick Lake.

I am really tired tonight, having spent 3 hours in the dentist's chair today and come away with a super sore mouth. But tomorrow is STILL #wildflowerwednesday, and I STILL hope you'll share your photos of wildflowers in their natural habitat!
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2017-08-15 01:20:48 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) & Gary Miers (Homo sapiens)

Plussers, meet my friend Gary Miers. Gary is the ultimate animal whisperer. He works at our local Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and he is on a first-name basis with every animal there.

I recently visited the zoo for the purposes of the 20th Round Scavanger Hunt. You will have to wait to see that photo for the reveals, of course! But in the meantime, I wanted to introduce you to Gary and a few of his critters.

This critter, clearly in 7th heaven at being cuddled by Gary, is a baby. Gary says it will be released into the wild when it is grown, but in a protected area where it can't be hunted, since it clearly has no fear of humans.

But.... I watched and listened as Gary called an 11-foot male and an 8-foot female who are permanent residents of the zoo. They were in their pool... more »

Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) & Gary Miers (Homo sapiens)

Plussers, meet my friend Gary Miers. Gary is the ultimate animal whisperer. He works at our local Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and he is on a first-name basis with every animal there.

I recently visited the zoo for the purposes of the 20th Round Scavanger Hunt. You will have to wait to see that photo for the reveals, of course! But in the meantime, I wanted to introduce you to Gary and a few of his critters.

This critter, clearly in 7th heaven at being cuddled by Gary, is a baby. Gary says it will be released into the wild when it is grown, but in a protected area where it can't be hunted, since it clearly has no fear of humans.

But.... I watched and listened as Gary called an 11-foot male and an 8-foot female who are permanent residents of the zoo. They were in their pool at the far end of the enclosure, but when Gary called them, they crossed the pool and lined up the closest they could get without leaving the water and responded to Gary with grunts. It was amazing to see. In fact, I was so dumbstruck I didn't even take a photo!!!
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2017-08-14 01:55:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Beautiful! These asters have an especially sunny disposition! Guaranteed spirit lifter. Many thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday, +Bob Danley.

I don't believe I have ever posted Hairy Goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa) before; it is one of the most common wildflowers on dry soils here. The photo is somewhat deceiving as the plant is moundlike in growth, not vertical :-) Shared with #wildflowerwednesday and +Bette Kauffman

Indexed by: #BD_Heterotheca_villosa
___Beautiful! These asters have an especially sunny disposition! Guaranteed spirit lifter. Many thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday, +Bob Danley.

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2017-08-14 01:52:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Wow! Very bright for clover! Seems what I see here in the south are paler colors. Wonderful drama, +Kati Lust. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Trifolium pratense - Red clover - Puna-apila


#WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___Wow! Very bright for clover! Seems what I see here in the south are paler colors. Wonderful drama, +Kati Lust. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-08-14 01:50:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Chicory! As a former seamstress, I love those "pinked" petal tips! Thanks, +John Wade, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Wild Flower on the upper slopes

also for #Wildflowerwednesday and +Bette Kauffman___Chicory! As a former seamstress, I love those "pinked" petal tips! Thanks, +John Wade, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-08-14 01:48:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

A lovely flower and a wonderfully executed photograph! Well done, +Sabeena LoBello, and thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures."
-- James Thurber

#WildflowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​

#FlowerPower +FLOWER POWER​ curated by +Edith Kukla​

#HQSPflowers +HQSP Flowers​ curated by +Wayne Lu​, +Iva Pas Photography​, +Francine Vanlé​, +Annette Spijker​, and +Lara Stratova​

#YisForYellow +YisforYellow​ curated by +Lucille Galleli​

#ColorMeWeekly +Leavesnbloom​ curated by +Rosie Nixon​ and +Betty Manousos​___A lovely flower and a wonderfully executed photograph! Well done, +Sabeena LoBello, and thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-08-14 01:43:47 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Soo..... late again curating, but still love the intense purple of these tiny flowers. Many thanks, +Susan Hamrick, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

#wildflowerwednesday +Bette Kauffman +#Wildflowerforeveryday
Common Comfrey, Symphytum officinale; found this on St. Joseph Island in Ontario, Canada. We visited Adcock's Woodland Botanical Garden, which were beautiful. Many of my local friends had never been there! ___Soo..... late again curating, but still love the intense purple of these tiny flowers. Many thanks, +Susan Hamrick, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-08-09 02:08:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Unknown!

I have a rule for my own posting to #wildflowerwednesday, which is that I only post flowers I can identify. This week, I am breaking that rule!

This past weekend, I visited my sibs in Iowa where I was born and my older brother and I went for a walk down an old railroad right-away that has been turned into a walking path. The ditches on either side were full of wildflowers and shrubs and wild plum trees. I saw Monarda, sunflowers, ironweed, morning glory and this...

My sister, who is no slouch with plants, thought from the photos it might be a salvia. I thought it had a clematis look to it. I can't confirm either by browsing the web. What say y'all?

The plants were about chest high, with flower spires about the top third of the plant. As you can see, the fresh blooms are bracketed by spent blooms. Apparently this one blooms randomly rather... more »

Unknown!

I have a rule for my own posting to #wildflowerwednesday, which is that I only post flowers I can identify. This week, I am breaking that rule!

This past weekend, I visited my sibs in Iowa where I was born and my older brother and I went for a walk down an old railroad right-away that has been turned into a walking path. The ditches on either side were full of wildflowers and shrubs and wild plum trees. I saw Monarda, sunflowers, ironweed, morning glory and this...

My sister, who is no slouch with plants, thought from the photos it might be a salvia. I thought it had a clematis look to it. I can't confirm either by browsing the web. What say y'all?

The plants were about chest high, with flower spires about the top third of the plant. As you can see, the fresh blooms are bracketed by spent blooms. Apparently this one blooms randomly rather than top down or bottom up.

And don't forget to post your own wildflowers in their natural habitat tomorrow! I do apologize to the faithful for being missing in action most of the past two weeks. But.... drum roll.... I'm done! My office is cleaned out and the loose ends tied up. Yours truly is RETIRED!!! So exciting...___

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2017-08-08 18:08:51 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Give Me an El/L

#hqsparchitecture +HQSP Urban & Architecture

Give Me an El/L

#hqsparchitecture +HQSP Urban & Architecture___

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2017-08-08 01:43:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Tipuloidea Tango

#abstractminimalism

Tipuloidea Tango

#abstractminimalism___

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2017-08-07 04:19:31 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A clover, right? Always such innocence about clover, to me anyway. Thanks, +Sabeena LoBello, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

"Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken."
-- Albert Camus

#WildflowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___A clover, right? Always such innocence about clover, to me anyway. Thanks, +Sabeena LoBello, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-08-07 04:18:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Oh, wow! You have captured the fragile beauty, +John Wade. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

More wild flowers.....

Also for #wildflowerwednesday and +Bette Kauffman___Oh, wow! You have captured the fragile beauty, +John Wade. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-08-07 04:16:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Another beautiful weed! Looks a lot like a wildflower I saw in Iowa this past weekend. Will have to do some research. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday, +Susan Hamrick.

#wildflowerwednesday +Bette Kauffman

Common Viper's Bugloss or Blueweed, Echium vulgare L. Found this blooming all over Northern Ontario. ___Another beautiful weed! Looks a lot like a wildflower I saw in Iowa this past weekend. Will have to do some research. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday, +Susan Hamrick.

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2017-08-07 04:12:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Ooooo! An awesome shot, +Bob Danley. I did not know lady's slippers came in white. I think we only have yellow in Louisiana, and they are rare. I was privilege to see them in the wild exactly once and not that long ago. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Encountering orchids is magical especially with a name like lady's slipper. You can almost imagine a fairy bursting out of the vegetation claiming rights to the flower :-) Mountain Lady's-slipper (Cypripedium montanum) is one of four species found in Montana; there are eight other Cypripedium species found in the northern 2/3 of the continental U.S. (Brandenburg 2010).
Shared with #wildflowerwednesday compiled by +Bette Kauffman

Indexed by: #BD_Cypripedium_montanum___Ooooo! An awesome shot, +Bob Danley. I did not know lady's slippers came in white. I think we only have yellow in Louisiana, and they are rare. I was privilege to see them in the wild exactly once and not that long ago. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-08-07 04:07:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Lovely! It is that time and your post reminds me that I soon must get back to the crane fly orchid sites I marked back in the spring! Thanks, +Bob Danley, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday and sorry I have been missing in action.

Time of the year for finding certain orchids; pictured is the Giant Rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia). Like many orchids it is sublime in coloration when flowering. Lesica (2012) states: "only a small fraction of plants bloom in any given year". Lackschewitz (1986) provides additional information: "common in open or deep forests...in mossy habitats".
Shared with #wildflowerwednesday and +Bette Kauffman

Indexed by: #BD_Goodyera_oblongifolia
___Lovely! It is that time and your post reminds me that I soon must get back to the crane fly orchid sites I marked back in the spring! Thanks, +Bob Danley, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday and sorry I have been missing in action.

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2017-08-07 04:05:07 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Looks like a good identification to me, +Kati Lust. Such a warm glow! Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. So sorry to be so late curating!

Sonchus arvensis, maybe?


#WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___Looks like a good identification to me, +Kati Lust. Such a warm glow! Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. So sorry to be so late curating!

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2017-08-07 04:01:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Lovely, +Sabeena LoBello! Such delicate lavender. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. So sorry I fell so far behind in curating.

"Love is like wildflowers; It's often found in the most unlikely places."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

#WildflowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​

___Lovely, +Sabeena LoBello! Such delicate lavender. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. So sorry I fell so far behind in curating.

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2017-08-07 03:59:44 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Dancing firecrackers! Makes me smile. Thanks, +Susan Hamrick, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. So sorry to be so late in curating.

#wildflowerwednesday +Bette Kauffman

Chuparosa in Anza Borrego Desert State Park in CA during this year's super bloom. ___Dancing firecrackers! Makes me smile. Thanks, +Susan Hamrick, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. So sorry to be so late in curating.

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2017-07-26 03:42:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Pickerelweed (Pontedaria cordata)

Weed? However did such a beautiful plant get such a moniker? Even the big, heart-shaped leaves are lovely. And I rarely see it in bloom in the wild, even though it is a wetland plant!

It's here today to remind you that tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday. So share your own shots of wildflowers in their natural habitats, whether they be common or not so. Be sure to tag, +Bette Kauffman, as well as #wildflowerwednesday. And I love the stories!

There is a bit more to this story. I was walking a trail about 50 yeards up a slight grade from #IndianCreekReservoir in #AlexanderStateForest, which is just a little bit south of Alexandria in central Louisiana. I told a fuller story of that hike last week--like how the trail was way longer than I expected and I didn't have enough water with me, etc.

(I can joke about it now,... more »

Pickerelweed (Pontedaria cordata)

Weed? However did such a beautiful plant get such a moniker? Even the big, heart-shaped leaves are lovely. And I rarely see it in bloom in the wild, even though it is a wetland plant!

It's here today to remind you that tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday. So share your own shots of wildflowers in their natural habitats, whether they be common or not so. Be sure to tag, +Bette Kauffman, as well as #wildflowerwednesday. And I love the stories!

There is a bit more to this story. I was walking a trail about 50 yeards up a slight grade from #IndianCreekReservoir in #AlexanderStateForest, which is just a little bit south of Alexandria in central Louisiana. I told a fuller story of that hike last week--like how the trail was way longer than I expected and I didn't have enough water with me, etc.

(I can joke about it now, but it was actually pretty dumb. Hiking without enough water in Louisiana in July can get you into a peck of trouble.)

I didn't tell the part about going down to the water to check out this pickerelweed, growing in shallows where a tiny stream met the lake. I was leaning over water to get this shot when I detected movement to my left. Movement, or maybe just the sense that another creature was looking at me?

Anyway, here's what i saw: https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipOYjJhFozIEjBh1Wy2IgyH1jbBvYkGBubJKe2ee . I was immediately certain it was no threat to me. So I carefully shifted my position to click off a few shots, then slowly retreated to the trail.
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2017-07-23 04:31:55 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Banded Water Snake?

+Bob Danley, snakes cool off in the water, too! Do you know what species this is? Tagging +Wise Snake, too.

Banded Water Snake?

+Bob Danley, snakes cool off in the water, too! Do you know what species this is? Tagging +Wise Snake, too.___

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2017-07-21 21:15:02 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Between A Rock and A Hard Place

For #joinindaily Yellow in the Middle, by +Johnny Wills.

Between A Rock and A Hard Place

For #joinindaily Yellow in the Middle, by +Johnny Wills.
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2017-07-21 04:10:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A wonderful road ditch discovery by +Bob Danley for #wildflowerwednesday. Thanks, Bob.

Looking in the roadside ditch is an excellent strategy for finding moist soil dependent wildflowers when driving in the mountains. The bright pink flowers of Lewis's Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii) make the task easier :-) It is likely to also find its cousin Yellow Monkeyflower (#BD_Mimulus_guttatus) nearby.

I encourage you to investigate your own locale for exciting discoveries...it's up to you :-) Shared with #wildflowerwednesday and +Bette Kauffman
___A wonderful road ditch discovery by +Bob Danley for #wildflowerwednesday. Thanks, Bob.

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2017-07-21 04:07:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Don't these little florets look a bit like orchids?! Uncommon beauty from such a common plant. Thanks, +John Munt, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Heal-All, Self-Heal - Prunella vulgaris
Mint Family
July 19, 2017- lawn flower

Naturalized alien
edible raw or cooked
It's been used as a medicinal herb for about every ailment known to man or woman

I once tried to cure my wife's ailment by rubbing it all over myself but she says I'm still a Pain in her A$$

Roadsides, fields, waste places and it seems, especially lawns
3 - 12 inch
May - Sept bloom time

It's #wildflowerwednesday with +Bette Kauffman___Don't these little florets look a bit like orchids?! Uncommon beauty from such a common plant. Thanks, +John Munt, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-07-21 04:03:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Love these wild irises! Thanks to +Kati Lust for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Iris pseudacorus - Yellow flag - Keltakurjenmiekka


#WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___Love these wild irises! Thanks to +Kati Lust for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-07-21 03:59:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Love the concept of a "wild bouquet"! And you've captured it well, +Steele Wotkyns. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

A wild bouquet of harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) for +Vera Chirkova 😘😍 Ahem, ... also known as Blue Bells of Scotland, we have seemingly fields of these delicate beauties and in bunches here in this glorious, wet southern #Colorado summer, +Bette Kauffman #wildflowerwednesday ___Love the concept of a "wild bouquet"! And you've captured it well, +Steele Wotkyns. Thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-07-21 03:56:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Wild roses are so very sweet! Many thanks, +Susan Hamrick, for sharing one with #wildflowerwednesday.

#wildflowerwednesday +Bette Kauffman​

Wild Rose in Ontario, Canada.___Wild roses are so very sweet! Many thanks, +Susan Hamrick, for sharing one with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-07-19 03:35:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Crimsoneyed Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Here's a big beauty to remind you that tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday! So share you images of wildflowers in their natural habitat, and tag #wildflowerwednesday and me, +Bette Kauffman.

And this shot has a story to go with it! Monday I had to drive to south Louisiana for an evening meeting and--as I often do--I headed out a couple of hours early so I could stop along the way and shoot. Yesterday I had a place I've never been before in mind: the #AlexanderStateForest in central Louisiana.

I pulled in to the recreation area, paid my fee and told the gate agent that I wanted to hike for a couple hours. She pointed out a trail head just 60 yards from her station, explained that it went to the lake and came back in a big circle, and showed me where I would exit the trail about 60 yards in the opposite direction.... more »

Crimsoneyed Rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

Here's a big beauty to remind you that tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday! So share you images of wildflowers in their natural habitat, and tag #wildflowerwednesday and me, +Bette Kauffman.

And this shot has a story to go with it! Monday I had to drive to south Louisiana for an evening meeting and--as I often do--I headed out a couple of hours early so I could stop along the way and shoot. Yesterday I had a place I've never been before in mind: the #AlexanderStateForest in central Louisiana.

I pulled in to the recreation area, paid my fee and told the gate agent that I wanted to hike for a couple hours. She pointed out a trail head just 60 yards from her station, explained that it went to the lake and came back in a big circle, and showed me where I would exit the trail about 60 yards in the opposite direction. "Just follow the red dots on the trees," she said.

So I headed off at shortly after 11 a.m. It was a nice, wide trail and I began immediately to see wildflowers. When I got to the lake, I made a few side excursions, keeping the trail in site, but checking out this beautiful, fresh rosemallow growing in the shallows, and other interesting looking stuff.

About an hour in, I was aware that the trail had turned and was moving parallel to the lake, but also meandering back and forth and up and down to accommodate multiple small streams feeding into the lake. Hmm, I thought, I haven't turned back toward the gate and my car yet. Wonder how far I have to go.

So I picked up my pace a bit, did less dilly-dallying and more walking. But... Louisiana. Mid-July. Yup. Two hours in. I am sweating profusely and nursing the ONE bottle of water I brought with me. Had to stop in the shade several times. And now I'm really worried that I am not going to make it to my destination in time.

I began to wonder if there was a shortcut back to the gate, and briefly contemplated striking out "cross forest." But the under story was thicker in that portion of the trail. I wisely decided to stick with the red dots. And just when I was about ready to sit down on the ground and bawl of pure exhaustion and frustration, a topped a little rise and ahead of me, in a gap between the trees, I saw the stars and stripes--hanging over the gate agent's building. It was a real "Oh, say can you see" moment.

Three hours and fifteen minutes after heading down the trail, I came out the other end, threw my camera into the car, grabbed a bottle of water out of the cooler and sped off. Got to my hotel just in time for a quick shower and off to the meeting. Next time, ask how long the trail is, dummy!!!
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2017-07-13 03:37:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Lovely, +Sabeena LoBello! Many thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. The bee balm is in full bloom in Louisiana right now.

"Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself."
-- Desiderius Erasmus

#WildflowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___Lovely, +Sabeena LoBello! Many thanks for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday. The bee balm is in full bloom in Louisiana right now.

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2017-07-13 03:35:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Now why would anyone ever pull or poison this lovely widlflower! I'll take a few dandelions over a manicured lawn any day of the week. Thanks, +Kati Lust, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

Taraxacum officinale - Common dandelion - Voikukka


#WildFlowerWednesday curated by +Bette Kauffman​___Now why would anyone ever pull or poison this lovely widlflower! I'll take a few dandelions over a manicured lawn any day of the week. Thanks, +Kati Lust, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-07-13 03:33:10 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Fleabane! Guaranteed to perk your spirits with its chipper "jazz hands" look! Thanks, +Susan Hamrick, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

#wildflowerwednesday +Bette Kauffman​​

Fleabane found on a hike on Peche Island; a Canadian island in the Detroit River.___Fleabane! Guaranteed to perk your spirits with its chipper "jazz hands" look! Thanks, +Susan Hamrick, for sharing with #wildflowerwednesday.

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2017-07-13 03:16:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

For #joinindaily *DUCKS (Not Mallards), by +Johnny Wills.

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

For #joinindaily *DUCKS (Not Mallards), by +Johnny Wills.
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2017-07-13 03:14:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

#wordlessonwednesday

#wordlessonwednesday___

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2017-07-08 23:56:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

From the article: "...forsaking your dream for a paycheck or social approval or personal safety withers the soul."

From the article: "...forsaking your dream for a paycheck or social approval or personal safety withers the soul."___

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2017-07-04 22:02:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Match and Raise

For #joinindaily Names, by +Johnny Wills.

#fromthetrain

Match and Raise

For #joinindaily Names, by +Johnny Wills.

#fromthetrain ___

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2017-07-04 06:52:42 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

My newest project...

My newest project...___

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2017-07-04 06:22:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

This is the excerpt for your very first post.___

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2017-07-04 06:13:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

We will get started posting to the blog as soon a possible!

We will get started posting to the blog as soon a possible!___

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2017-07-04 05:50:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

We will get started posting to the blog as soon a possible!

We will get started posting to the blog as soon a possible!___

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2017-07-02 00:22:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Happy Canada Day!

For all you lovely Canucks....

Happy Canada Day!

For all you lovely Canucks....___

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2017-07-01 14:15:01 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Dripping Springs, Arkansas

For #joinindaily Falling Water, by +Johnny Wills. Today's fun theme. Join in or not, but enjoy.

Dripping Springs, Arkansas

For #joinindaily Falling Water, by +Johnny Wills. Today's fun theme. Join in or not, but enjoy.
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2017-07-01 00:03:59 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Bee Balm (Mondarda fistulosa)

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

Also for #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers, curated by +Wayne Lu, +Iva Pas Photography, +Francine Vanlé, +Annette Spijker & +Lara Stratova.

Bee Balm (Mondarda fistulosa)

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

Also for #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers, curated by +Wayne Lu, +Iva Pas Photography, +Francine Vanlé, +Annette Spijker & +Lara Stratova.___

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