Friday, April 30, 2010

Through the Roof!

The Garden's arid greenhouse is home to a century plant. It blooms every 15 years or so, as a newborn plant emerges from beneath it. After it blooms it promptly dies. Which is not surprising when you see the size of its flower!

This one has yet to bloom, but its monstrous flower spike is growing quickly. They had to remove a glass panel from the roof for it.

They had just started up the fountains...

...and turned on the waterfalls

A red-tailed hawk posed nicely for us in the waterfall garden.

This man tempted him to take a cracker.

From outside English walled garden...

Rhododendrons and magnolias were blooming on the Japanese island gardens.

We saw a man shoot his girlfriend!

The model trains weren't yet running throught the railroad garden. It's like an oversized bonsai garden with traffic.

More early springtime sights from around the grounds...

The century plant wasn't the only spectacular thing in the greenhouses...

(From the Chicago Botanic Garden - 4/10/10 and 4/17/10)

Saturday, October 10, 2009


I got the distinct feeling from these clusters of buds, that one of them was being sent ahead, to see if it was OK for the rest to bloom.

(Fel-Pro RRR Park, Cary, IL - 7/2/09)

Monday, September 28, 2009


I've seen puffballs (Basidiomycota) this big before, but never when I had a camera.

I put a quarter on top, to give you an idea of its size.

You can see that some other photographer before me had put a smaller coin on it. I'm not sure if it was a nickel, penny, or dime. The puffball might have grown since its last photo shoot.

It looks like a crater on the moon.

I found it on a trail that had always been closed. It turned out that the sign had been relocated.

(Fel-pro RRR Park, Cary, Illinois, 09/27/2009)

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Click to zoom. There's a lot of detail.

(from Fel-Pro RRR Park; Cary Illinois, 9/7/09)

Virginia Ctenucha Moth

Spotted at the Fel-pro RRR park in Cary, 07/02/09

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Southern Streets

The view from the streets of southern Chile







The Road to Junín

Sights along the roads to and from Junín de Los Andes, Argentina

Vulcán Lanín

These are "descansos". Souls who die on the highway may rest in them, on their final journey.

In an araucaria (monkey puzzle tree) forest near Vulcán Lanín.