Elephant’s Head

How could it be that this flower so closely resembles an elephant? What sort of cosmic genetic shuffling must of taken place? There is a precedent where orchids will mimic their highly specialized pollinator, recreating an image of their mate with petals, stamens, pistils… but there is motive there, and direct relationship. What does thisContinue reading “Elephant’s Head”

Garrya elliptica

I saw these blooming today – a lovely, very abundant parasympathomimetic and smooth muscle relaxant – Garrya elliptica, aka Coast Silk Tassel. This plant is dioecious – meaning that some plants have only male flowers (pollen producing), and the others have only female flowers (seed producing).  The flowers are borne on an inflorescence named aContinue reading “Garrya elliptica”

Eastern Sierra Wildflowers

 your humble photographer  Castilleja and Artemesia  Monardella – Mountain Pennyroyal  Sambucus – Elder  Sambucus – Elder Opuntia – Yellow Prickly Pear  Selena in a field of Monkey Flowers  Mimulus gluttatus – Monkey Flower  Wood’s Rose – Rosa  Columbine – Aquilegia formosa  Ceanothus – Tobacco Brush  Angelica  Angelica  Chris among the Mules Ears – Wyethia AContinue reading “Eastern Sierra Wildflowers”