I took this picture a couple weeks ago as the local Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) population began changing into its vibrant red garb. Thank you, Nature!!!
Virginia Creeper often gets mistaken for Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), but is 5-leaved, whereas the Poison Ivy is 3-leaved. Both are native to this area, but I’d highly recommend Virginia Creeper for your garden or natural landscaping.
Just make sure not to landscape with Poison Ivy, unless you’re itching to repel your neighbors… Ha!
Orange, Black, White. In flight.
Delicate beauty. Glorious sight.
Please don’t disappear!
Picky young eater.
So no Milkweed, no Monarchs!
Grow native, save lives.
When I see Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), I know that, despite the calendar date, Spring has truly arrived!
Delicate new blooms
Ephemeral spring beauty
Look down. Don’t miss it!
This little guy was hanging out on a green retaining wall planted with Missouri natives.
Here’s the last photo from my visit to Shaw Nature Reserve last weekend.
Another prairie plant I’m unfamiliar with. I suppose that makes it easier for me to mess with the saturation/contrast of the original then…
Let me know if you’re familiar with this plant species, genus, or family.
One more photo from our trail walk at Shaw Nature Reserve on Prairie Day.
I almost NEVER edit my photos beyond the occasional crop and resize. The first photo, however, I thought Looked pretty good. Here are both.
This was also in the prairie at Shaw Nature Reserve along with the Gentian (See previous entry). It appears to be Slender False Foxglove (Agalinis tenuifolia), formerly known as Gerardia tenuifolia. It is a beautiful native, late-season annual.