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Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum)

I have a pot of violets on my deck just a few feet from the house. They have been blooming since I planted them back in August. Yes, we've had a couple of frosty nights, but they are apparently close enough to the house to escape without having been covered!

All that to say we've had an extremely mild winter here in northern Louisiana, and I'm certain if I had the time to get into the woods, I'd find something blooming. Wow! I really need to go trillium hunting! But..., when?

So for #wildflowerwednesday tomorrow, I had to dig into the archive. This is from back in May and I've told the story before. Out looking for wildflowers with some of my Louisiana Native Plant Society friends, we happened on to an amazing patch of Delphinium in fresh bloom. I processed a couple of the best right away.., and then, well, you know how it goes.

This past weekend I was doing some printing and decided to start a new series of photo-art note cards with some new paper I had ordered and not yet tried. And I found this. And a few more. Indeed, I could do a SET of Delphinium note cards! Whadaya think?

I was so taken with the combination of purple and blue and white in some of the blooms. Others were the purest white I have ever seen Delphinium and a few were the more common solid dark blue.

Yes, tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday! What do you have unattended in your archive???
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Heal-All (Prunella vulgaris)

Heal-All is such an ordinary plant, and in some of it's phases, kind of homely. But the flowers really do go through some remarkable phases. I thought this first blush of pink on this very fresh flower head was quite pretty.

And tomorrow.. well, today, since I see it is past midnight. It's #wildflowerwednesday!! So share your wildflowers in their natural habitat shots here and be sure to tag #wildflowerwednesday and me, +Bette Kauffman.

And this patch of pretty heal-all was at a place called #IdlewildExperimentalStation not far from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Whitetail deer and who knows what else are studied in this wonderful natural area.

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Golden Crown

So I've shared Rosinweed (Silphium gracile) before, but just a few days ago looking for a "best of" shot to represent July, I came across this and loved it. Can't have too many Rosinweed flowers! And I'm a little too late for posting a #wildflowerwednesday reminder, so this is my contribution for today to my own theme! See you next week!
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Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Happy holidays to all from #wildflowerwednesday!

And tomorrow is the day to share your wildflower photos and the stories that go with them. I am having a fabulous holiday break and looking forward to seeing your shots.

These cardinal flowers were actually across and up a stream and I couldn't get very close. Fortunately I was test driving a 300 mm lens courtesy of a friend. After this experience, I bought one!

We were at a spot called Fulton Branch Glades in the #OuachitaNationalForest in Arkansas.

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Slender Snakecotton (Froelichia gracilis)

So.. does anyone know why this is called snakecotton? The cotton part is easy to see, but why _snake_cotton?

Whatever the reason, it is here to remind you that tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday. I have been terribly intermittent the past few weeks, but actually have some hope of being on top of responding to your posts tomorrow! So share your wildflower shots and the stories that go with them tomorrow. Be sure to tag me, +Bette Kauffman, as well as #wildflowerwednesday.

Although snakecotton can be found all across the south, I don't see it that often. This stand was in an Arkansas road ditch on my way to the Arkansas Native Plant Society meeting back in September.

If I have missed anyone's post in the past couple weeks of hit and miss curating, I do apologize.
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Downy Ragged Goldenrod (Solidago petiolaris)

This is my antidote for a chilly, rainy evening! It's also my call to share your own wildflower shots with #wildflowerwednesday, not just the shots but the stories that go with them. Don't forget to tag me, +Bette Kauffman, along with #wildflowerwednesday.

I love goldenrod in general, but this is one I don't see often. Moreover, it looks like and is sometimes called "yellow liatris" because the bracts look like blazing star (Liatris) bracts. So cool to know that! I'm actually beginning to remember some plant terminology and taxonomy.

This goldenrod was in a place called #FultonBranchGlades in the #OuachitaNationalForest near Mound Ida, Ark. I was there for the #ArkansasNativePlantSociety meeting. 
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Goldenaster (Chrysopsis)

This could be C. mariana or C. pilosa. Both could still be blooming in Louisiana in November! And I found these last Saturday for today's reminder that tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday.

What's still blooming in your neck of the woods? If nothing (sorry northerners), pull out something from last summer. I'm sure you have an unshared treasure buried somewhere in your archive!

Saturday was a beautiful day. After an event in Alexandria, I spent a little time on a portion of the Wild Azalea Trail I have not walked before. And I have a ways to go to walk all of it!

The Wild Azalea Trail extends for 28 miles through the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District of the #KisatchieNationalForest west of Alexandria, La. It is a wide, well-marked trail through pine forest with sufficient open areas to ensure good wildflower habitat. Well worth a trip to Louisiana, folks! Come on down. We'll go for a walk. 
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The Queen and I and a Blue, Blue Sky

Hey, #wildflowerwednesday peeps! Whatayaknow! I managed a reminder post this week! Yes, tomorrow is the day to share you wildflowers in their natural habitat. So come on out to play!

Can you tell I'm so tired I'm kind of silly? Nevertheless, looking forward to seeing your shots whenever I can get to them. (The semester is winding down, thanks be, but it will get worse before it gets better!)

And, of course, the stories! This story is that I always find the best Queen Anne's Lace shots on Arkansas roadsides. I did not record the highway I was on, although I do know where I was going and could probably come close to figuring it out. But it doesn't seem to matter in Arkansas, huh, +Eric Hunt?! 
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Blue Curls (Trichostema dichotomum)

What an awesome flower! And hard to photograph, but here to remind you that tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday.

Last Friday I drove down to southwestern Louisiana to spend a night at my botanist friend's B&B, do a little photography and bring back a load of plant specimens for my university's herbarium. The Blue Curls were in bloom! And I must say these spectacular little blooms are hard to photograph: small, close to the ground, a wonderful shape but very hard to get good depth of field. Of course, I do enjoy these photos in which very little is in sharp focus.

I am sorry to be so late to the party! As you might have noticed, I just finished curating last week's contributions. I'm having a kind of murderously demanding semster. So again, not sure when I'll get to tomorrow's contributions, but I will!
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I Am What I Am

How disappointing to learn that this pretty little flower is bad news! It is invasive and the pretty little ovoid red berries are poisonous to humans. It is Bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara), a member of the Nightshade family.

But please enjoy its pretty purpleness and be reminded that tomorrow is #wildflowerwednesday. Share your shots of wildflowers in their natural habitats, even when said habitats are not what you might expect! And do tell the story...

The story of this shot is that I was in the Chicago Loop shooting a construction site, a) because I love hardhat performance art, and b) because last month's Drink 'n Click theme was "people working in the street." So I'm leaning on this construction fence around a scruggy construction lot in The Loop watching, shooting and chatting with the hardhats dismantling a many-stories high construction crane. Touches of purple and red in an otherwise drably colored scene caught my eye and I focused on this viney plant with both fresh blooms and ripening berries sharing the fence I was leaning on. Sweet. And pretty. 
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