Human beings set goals, or at least I think they should. On the other hand, doing what comes naturally has its attraction too. I have set several objectives regarding nature observations on my 53 acres. Here on the place — called variously, the ranchito, Flying Hat Ranch — I have sought to identify every tree on the place and have started a good list of American elm, cottonwood, mesquite, juniper, oak, and so on. Identifying every tree continues to be a goal. Tree identification was (still is) my first goal in field work on Flying Hat. Other goals I have set up include:
observing another fox and taking its photograph,
identifying every bird I see,
identifying every bird I hear,
for one year, photographing every wild flower I observe on Flying Hat.
Achieving these goals, and the process of doing so, is personally satisfying and gives me narratives for this blog. I have decided to start another goal-oriented project and demonstrate it on my blog. I have begun taking pictures of the wild flowers on Flying Hat and my goal is to continue photographing and identifying flowers (all colorful blossoms) through a turn of seasons for one year – March 2012 – February 2013. So, let’s see how far I can go with this project. Here are my first photographs. The No. 3 flower is disputable as a “Texas Star.”
(If I have made an error in typing, please comment or e-mail me your reasons for seeing the flower and plant differently. I want to be right in my typing, but more than that I want the typing to be correct. Note: All photographs are taken on the 53 acres of my ranchito; none are photographed off the place or off the ranchito grid. For a precise location of Flying Hat, see location information in this blog footer.)
Notes, corrections and additions:
No. 3 flower and plant is probably as described in caption. Thanks to Montucky of Montana Outdoors blog and Grethe of Thyra blog. The issue seems to be resolved it you stand up the flower and look at the total plant. The flower would droop like a bell and the leaves and stem favor the image in the citation in the caption: http://www.wildflower.org/gallery/result.php?id_image=3102.
Mary Wills and Howard Irwin, Roadside Flowers of Texas.
G. Ajilvsgi, Wildflowers of Texas.
Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller, Texas Wildflowers.
Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs, Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs (A Peterson Field Guide).
- Two More Wildflower Posts From DesertUSA (naturalhistorywanderings.com)
- Southern Arizona Wildflower Updates 2/29/12 (naturalhistorywanderings.com)
- Pull Up a Chair (firedoglake.com)