For such a common "weed," the lowly clover has an incredibly beautiful inflorescence. Clover is the common name for the genus Trifolium, a member of the legume family. I well remember walking through fields as a kid and plucking these flower heads to pull the individual flowers off for the purpose of tasting the nectar. I still do this, I have to admit, but the nectar is so very sweet it's hard to resist.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Hmmmmmm - maybe this is an authorized vehicle? I wasn't particularly happy to see a dog in the front seat as I was processing this photo. The car was in the shade, but it's a very dangerous situation to leave a dog or a child in a closed car during the summer. In South Africa people are on notice that if this kind of scenario is seen, the windows will be smashed in with a brick. Maybe we should adopt that practice in North America, too.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Yesterday I went back and reviewed some old photo libraries. I had done a series of images of Portland Head Lighthouse last August, after Steve and I visited Maine for the first time. There were still some gems to process, so here's another lighthouse pic.
Monday, May 28, 2012
This beautiful iris greeted me each day at the guest house where I stayed in Saluda, North Carolina. I love irises, but I've not had much luck in keeping them in cultivation. They require a bit more care than I have to give...
Sunday, May 27, 2012
This is a detail photo of the Titan Arum spathe, just as it was reaching its prime Friday night. The color of Jesse, our most recent bloom, was spectacular - so rich and velvety. It's truly a transient phenomenon. After the first night the inflorescence rapidly declines, but while it is opening it is absolutely spectacular to see and smell.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Jesse started opening between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. May 25, 2012, and finished about 1:00 a.m. May 26, 2012. Pollination occurred after the spadix reached a temperature near 35°C. The stigmas were receptive at that time, so we're optimistic that we'll have some seed set.
Visiting hours at the Biosciences Greenhouse (12th Avene, atop parking garage K) are from 9 to 9 am on May 26, and to be announced for Sunday.
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Friday, May 25, 2012
The second Titan Arum in two years time is currently blooming in the Biological Sciences Greenhouse at The Ohio State University. Visiting hours tomorrow, May 26, 2012 are 9 to 9.
I've been making a photo library to track the progress of Jesse, OSU's second Titan Arum to bloom, and in back-to-back years with Woody - our first, which bloomed April 23, 2011. All Titan Arums (aka Corpse Flowers) are given names as they approach flowering time. Woody was named after Woody Hayes, a beloved football coach, and Jesse is named for Jesse Owens, a legion in breaking barriers and in track and field.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Back to Australia for today's picture. This one was from Lake Merimbula during the early morning. There is a lot of wildlife that hangs out around the shores of this huge lagoon, and it was a real treat to see the white-faced heron fishing for breakfast.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Last Sunday morning I did a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina before heading to the airport. The rhododendrons, azaleas and mountain laurel were in full bloom. I never found a spot to pull off to photograph the mountain laurel, but I did find some areas where I could spend some time with the rhododendrons and azaleas. They are so beautiful in their native habitat.
I well remember my feelings about seeing the rhododendrons in bloom in the Himalayas in May 2009. Spotting them last weekend in the mountains of North Carolina brought a smile to my face with the memories of that fantastic trek with Jon Miller and Chris Marquardt as part of the Rest of Everest podcast.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
One of my favorite birds from the eastern coast of Australia is the rainbow lorikeet. Not only are they beautiful, but they are fun to watch as they forage for seeds by hanging upside down in the trees.
Monday, May 21, 2012
I visited with John Hill and Clay Foster Saturday evening. When I was loading my car to get ready for a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and then to the airport I noticed how the light was playing off the weathered barn on John's property. I love the warm glow the early morning sun has, and it illuminated the barn at just the right angle for a beautiful composition.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The wildflowers in bloom right now in North Carolina are very beautiful. I hadn't seen Gaura since I was a graduate student in Oklahoma. It brought back some memories of my photography days in film. I won an award for a Kodachrome image I had printed - way back in the late 1980's.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I'm in North Carolina this week to visit Polk County High School. Check out the link on the right for the "news from the wolfe lab" blog and you'll see the posts I've done about my site visit to a biotechnology classroom. This is an iris at the guest house where I'm staying.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Back to Australia for this morning's post. This photo is from the first day I walked the beach at sunrise. Only a few turners at Turnfest 2012 made it to the beach at that early hour, or shortly after dawn. Here are Sharon Doughtie and Christian Delhon running the beach in the early morning. Christian's wife is also one of the runners
The beach across from SeaWorld is really a pleasant place to walk in the wee hours of the morning. For an early riser, it's perfect - very few people are up and about at that hour and so there is a wonderful feeling of solitude and contemplation as you walk the sands and hear the surf, birds, and watch how the light changes as the sun rises above the horizon.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I've had a very relaxing day, I think. I guess it was pretty busy - mostly with finishing a construction project for a plant cam stand. I'm doing a time-lapse photography project in the OSU Biological Sciences greenhouse.
Actually, the fun part of the day was a visit to the movie theater to watch "The best exotic Marigold Hotel." It was such a great movie, and it appeals to all ages, not just the baby boomers out there. It was filmed in India and reminds me so much of what we experienced in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2009. Go see it!
Friday, May 11, 2012
A few weeks ago I was walking the boardwalk at Magee Marsh when a chickadee caught my attention. It was a slow day, and so I thought I would quietly observe it. I couldn't figure out why it was staying in one spot for so long. It turns out that it was the mate of this chickadee who was in the nest with either eggs or chicks. The male was bringing food to its mate, who would pop out to see what was taking so long after a while.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
One of the things I enjoyed most about my recent trip to Australia was the diversity of birds there. It's so cool to be out on a trail, watching a variety of parrots in the wild. Birds that we see only in cages or zoos here in the North America are native to Australia, and they are loud, raucous, and fun to watch.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Most pelicans are kind of homely, but the Australian pelican is rather cute, in my humble opinion. This one was walking the tidal flats along the Sapphire Coast of Australia.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Monday, May 07, 2012
I took this photo a few weeks ago at Magee Marsh on the shore of Lake Eerie in Ohio. We were there a bit ahead of warbler season so there wasn't a huge crowd on the boardwalk, which gave me the opportunity to practice taking bird photos with a flash. I had a better beamer attachment to the flash unit. Using flash for bird photography is a bit of a challenge, which is obviously amplified with a beamer. I'm glad I had the chance to experiment in a more relaxed setting than when bird paparazzi are going crazy over warblers.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
One surely hopes that this is the police check-in line and not a line for donuts....... (just joking around, officers).
This was the first campaign rally I've ever attended, and this is the first political campaign I've volunteered to assist. I strongly support President Obama in his re-election campaign. If you're interested in volunteering - just go online and sign-up to help. It's easy to do, and you meet a lot of interesting people.
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Today I spent all morning volunteering for the Obama campaign, and then attended the campaign rally at the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State University. It was a very inspirational day for me. I'll do a proper blog post soon, but I wanted to post this picture today.
Friday, May 04, 2012
I sure wish the sunrises in Ohio were as interesting as the ones along the east coast of Australia. There will be an interesting event in the sky Saturday night - around 11:30 pm, or so. The perigee moon is rising - another Super Moon photo op...
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Sunrise on the Gold Coast of Australia: 25 March 2012. The sunrise on this particular morning of Turnfest wasn't especially spectacular until the sunbeams burst through the clouds. Such a nice way to cap off the series of sunrise walks on the beach.