Spring has finally sprung over these northern prairies. Here are some photographs of new rhubarb leaves, May clouds, and budding trees. And a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson to go along with them: Every cubic inch of the universe is a miracle.
Category Archives: New Growth
Went looking around the yard for some of the last flowers of the season. The Russian Sage is in full purple bloom, with bees buzzing around its spiky stems, but I just couldn’t capture it. Tried a petunia or two, but that didn’t really do much for me, either. Shot the narrow creased leaves of [...]
Well, I thought I was through making posts about daylilies, but this beautiful little blossom appeared last Sunday, and I couldn’t pass it by. It opened in the shade, which gave me a new look, and it unfolded in a different way, which offered fresh possibilities for composition. The edges of this flower have a [...]
Here are a couple of recent photos of the Prairie Walk native plant gardens in Bowman. The chokecherries are really ripening now, and are a very dark reddish purple. Some of the area residents have started to harvest them for jelly, a regional taste treat. I’ve heard they also make wine from these plump little [...]
Here is one of the first Maximilian sunflowers to bloom this summer in the Prairie Walk gardens at Pioneer Trails Regional Museum. This plant was named for Prince Maximilian of Wied, who accompanied the artist Karl Bodmer in his travels around the Great Plains of North America in 1832. Prince Maximilian was a German explorer, naturalist, and [...]
Here are some shots taken yesterday afternoon of ripening chokecherries and sunflowers. It was a beautiful afternoon with great clouds, and just a slight breeze every now and then.
Today brought the unfolding beauty of another daylily. It is a real joy to see what the next blossom will bring! I love the names people have come up with for these gorgeous flowers: Strawberry Candy, Twilight Secrets, Always Afternoon, Prairie Blue Eyes, Pardon Me, and Chicago Sunrise, just to name a few.
I’ve been doing some gardening over at the Prairie Walk Native Plant Gardens, trying to stay in the shade as much as possible. Things are definitely taking on the look of high, dry summer. This is a rubber rabbitbrush that I brought in from my grandfather’s land north of Amidon some years ago. It was [...]
This morning yet another daylily opened up on the same plant I’ve been photographing. I thought it would probably be pretty much the same as the others, but maybe I should take a look anyway. Much to my surprise, it yielded a very strong and beautiful composition that was quite different than anything I had [...]
Here’s another shot of a newly opened daylily from this morning. There is a mysterious, primordial kind of feeling I get when peering into the abyss of one of these brand new blossoms. Something that speaks of creation, with an almost volcanic or cosmic tone to it, complete with stardust sprinkled on the petals. This [...]