A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.
In April 2010, Man and I visited Bellingrath Gardens, near Mobile Alabama, with friends John and Donna. On Reflections From the Fence I did a number of posts featuring some of the over 300 photos I took that day. If you surf over to Reflections you can try a "search" for Bellingrath (see the top of the right hand column). You will find at least 7 posts that have photos and stories from that fabulous day. There is even a slide show of flowers.
Today, I borrow from the archives of that shutterbug extravaganza to bring you "Make it Pink":
Taken as we headed away and downhill from Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Photo was too stunning not to share. We shall say that the sparse growth of grass along the roadside qualifies as "flora". Of course, in the desert there is other flora and fauna, well camouflaged.
Note at very top right of photo is El Capitan. Our RVing friends will also probably quickly pick up on those skid marks near the right hand side of the marked lane. Man did not leave any, he was, mmmmm, running down that mountain a bit faster than my comfort zone. Words shared in Big Butt's cab cannot be shared here on Flora and Fauna, lets just say they were spicy (oh, spices, that is flora too, right?? LOL).
This is the Alligator Juniper, or Juniperus deppeana. The signage told us that it is the largest of all Junipers, a slow grower, it can reach a diameter of 2 to 3 feet, height of 20 to 40 feet and can grow to an age of 500 to 800 years! Recognized by its deeply furrowed bark with small square plates. Here is a close up of the trunk and bark.
As Man and I travel into new and uncharted (for us) territory, we are eager to learn about the new flora we are finding. This is a form of Cholla. A sign on another cholla plant in the park gave its technical name as opuntia imbricata or the furniture cholla.
If I have this right (still learning), this is NOT the flower, which is a vivid hot pink, as you can see here. This is considered the fruit, which are dry and not tasty. Here's hoping we can see the flowering version in the spring.
The Mexican Wolf, according to the signage is the smallest, rarest, and most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolves. According to the docent we chatted with, the Living Desert State Park has only males in their population.
There is an article about this gray wolf at Wikipedia, as always use care and verify the facts. Interestingly enough when I googled Mexican Wolf I found this editorial/article that was posted only hours prior. I do not know how long the link will be good, and I make no representation that the facts are as represented, just making it known. US Fish and Wildlife site about the wolf is here.
I have found I am having so much fun with the camera that there are many more photos taken than will fit on my blog, Reflections From the Fence.
I post flora and fauna photos here. One subject a day, a flora and fauna 365 project. I managed to get past the first 365 and started the second year of this daily exercise. I made it till sometime in November of 2011. And, now, Flora and Fauna is just a regular ole blog, posting when I have something to share and the time to post it.
Some posts are wordy, some are wordless. My goal is to make them as wordless as possible. However, if I find something interesting during the posting/research process, I may share, ok, I will probably share. I hope you find the words and photos to be interesting.
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A favorite photo from Bellingrath Gardens, near Mobile Alabama
Things I love: Family, Grandchildren, Rving, computers (sometimes, but not when they are being bad), family history, yorkies, techy toys like my iToys, photography.
I am all of these, so I write about them all, and more.