Wildflower Wednesdays: Forget Me the Flowers

Ne m'oubilez pas. (On love stories and flowers.)

Wildflower Wednesdays: Blowin’ in the Wind

Everyone knows dandelions, known scientifically as Taraxacum officinale. They colonize disturbed areas, are labelled as weeds, were imported to the United States as food source. Their name originates from the French dent-de-lion, meaning "lion's teeth". Their fruits - yes, those are fruits - are fun to blow out, though perhaps not ecologically the best activity:… Continue reading Wildflower Wednesdays: Blowin’ in the Wind


Wildflower Wednesdays: Anemones in the Air

For this week's Wildflower Wednesday, I present: a flower of whose identity I am not at all certain. You'll have to forgive me. I believe it is a species of rock anemone, mostly because of its similarity to individuals of that group and also the fact that's it's a flower, growing amongst rocks. My acuity… Continue reading Wildflower Wednesdays: Anemones in the Air

Wildflower Wednesdays: Clusters of Color

Ladies and gentlemen, I present you the clustered rhodiola. It isn't the standard wildflower: hasn't got a visible pollen center, not strictly defined petals. It survives all year round, favoring rock crevices, where it can grow easily, but flowers from June till August. This one was spotted at Tarsar Pass, overlooking the beautiful blue Tarsar… Continue reading Wildflower Wednesdays: Clusters of Color

Lady of the Flowers

Painted Ladies are the most widely distributed butterfly: found on every continent except for Antarctica and Australia, they're so ubiquitous even halfway across the world, in a continent I was totally unfamiliar with, they were the sole butterfly I managed to identify in Jordan. This individual was spotted at the other end of the continental… Continue reading Lady of the Flowers

Wildflower Wednesdays

Our hike in the Himalayas last August was not defined by its birds, surprisingly enough. Rather, it was defined by its flowers. I tend to avoid flowers, except when as an attraction for butterflies, as a photography subject: stationary plants seem too easy, too facile. But the sheer range we saw in the mountains made… Continue reading Wildflower Wednesdays