Saturday, June 9, 2012

milkweed flowers! brown-eyed susans! teensy teensies!

The sun finally came out and I gave my soul an airing this afternoon.

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The first milkweed flowers!

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This will be fun to watch unfold.

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A sumac flower head. We’re over by the pole barn, incidentally. Kevin recently discovered something like 15 bird nests up in the eaves. So far we haven’t dragged a ladder over to investigate.

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Wild rose, gotta love it.

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And a sorrel. Yes, just your garden-variety lawn weed. Yet lovely to behold.

One of my favorite flowers: the brown-eyed susans. They are more commonly called black-eyed susans, but the ones I’ve seen are really dark brown. Anyway.

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These fuzzy leaves are a new plant just coming up. Nearby, another b.e.s. has several flowers started:

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itty bitty

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and big sis

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I spent a while lost in the zen of letting the camera auto-focus in a field of grass.

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and now for two shots, identical but for the area of focus:

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Tiny purple danglies – fabulous.

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No clue. I’m guessing something in the sunflower-ish world, but I have zero evidence for that, so let’s just watch it play out over the next few days and I’ll get back to you.

And now, for the tiny flowers portion of this post.

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A bluet. I’ve OD’d on bluets plenty of times, but this may be the first time I noticed the Y-shape of the stamens.

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Cutest name award: mouse-eared chickweed.

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No idea what this is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before – TINY TINY TINY.

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Or how’s this for tiny? 1/16th of an inch across. Damn.

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