Monthly Archives: May 2016

Wild Edible, Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus coccineus)

Beautiful blooming Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus in the south quadrant this morning. These make beautiful flowers, right down on the ground.  The stems get 3 inches tall, but can make wide colonies of up to 100 stems. As you can see, … Continue reading

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Wildlife, Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii)

I see these Desert Cottontail all the time, I saw a hawk snatch one up right from my cabin-in-dreaming site.  This morning I headed out to dig more gravel for pathways, I startled a Cottontail digging a burrow.  Missed the … Continue reading

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Rescue, Blue Elderberry (Sambucus nigra L. spp. cerulea)

Although my Blue Elderberries survived winter on the cold and windy northeast corner, the one farthest out has not sprouted any spring growth. Still alive, but it may be too stressed to get through a hot summer. I know, I … Continue reading

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Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)

I have a Golden Currant growing not far from my potager, on the wild side of my fence. I noticed it last fall when it turned a gorgeous red not matched by my Sumacs. It lived through the winter and … Continue reading

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Lichens, Speckled Greenshield Lichen (Flavopunctelia flaventior)

Well, it is a lichen, anyway. This puppy is growing all over my pine trees, especially the older ones.  After much time trying to identify it, I am sure it is a lichen.  Looks like Speckled Greenshield Lichen.  Added Lichens … Continue reading

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Perfume, Oakmoss and Treemoss (Evernia furfuracea)

Oakmoss (Evernia prunastri) and Treemoss are closely related, and both are common and grow in the US.  Most of the Oakmoss/Treemoss harvested for the perfume industry comes from France and Eastern Europe.  The photograph looked like a moss growing on … Continue reading

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Edible Caterpillar, Pandora Pinemoth (Coloradia pandora)

A caterpillar fell on my head while I was photographing lichen growing on a Pinyon Pine.  This is my hick from the sticks version of excitement.  Bears and Puma and Rattlesnakes are rated on the scream and run scale. This … Continue reading

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