February 20, 2010

nameless nature

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photo by Donald Kinney

Well how confusing, us mere mortals, assigning names to plants...
They call this plant a Fern, but it looks nothing like my Aunt Fern...

Okay, okay, --that wasn't a very good joke, but I've got to tell you that I've never really learned the name of many plants -- which is a shame because my father was a WONDERFUL gardener -- but if he ever told me the names of things, the names just did not stick.   But yes, I know what a Fern is -- just don't ask me what type of Fern it is.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Case in point -- I have absolutely no idea what the name of this great wildflower is, but it's purple (((usually they are blue))), and the blossoms are very small, and there's a lot of them -- so it's got to be a Forget-Me-Not, right?   Oh heck, probably not, but that works for me.   After all -- look closely -- the circle of little white things around the center look like hearts -- oh, how lovely...

Tell you a little story here -- when I was a little boy I used to like to pick Forget-Me-Nots from my father's garden and then deliver handfuls to neighbors.   I used be a really sweet kid -- I wonder what happened...

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Rhett Redelings said...

Love the shot of the fern, family resemblance or otherwise!

Eleonora said...

What a sweet thing for a young boy to do, hand out forget-me-nots to neighbors. You're a hopeFUL romantic!

What's the detail from in your header (big hand)?


AphotoAday said...

THANKS RHETT AND ELEONORA -- And Elenora, the big shot at the top always becomes the lead-shot for the next day's feature, so come back tomorrow and I'll tell you all about Philip Burton, the man who organized all the legalities behind the Golden Gate National Receational Area, where I like to hang out and enjoy nature at every opportunity.

Anonymous said...

HEY DON ..... cant' wait to learn something about the beginning of the GGNRA ..... one of my favorite places in the world.

LOVE the fern composition, as well as the color. And seeing the purple flower blows me away, since I'm sitting here looking at snow in Ohio. Oh, I'm not complaining, since I love the snow. But I can't wait to get there and photograph spring flowers with you.

Mr. Bell Images
From what I'm reading, they are getting ample rain/snow in Death Valley ..... which should make for a spring of flowers (which only happens a couple time/century.


Louise said...

Love your fern. Love your purple flower.

Did you deliver forget-me-nots to the neighbors because:
-you didn't want them to forget you?
-you thought you had to do nice things?
-you just wanted to.
-some other reason?

What makes you so bad now? I don't see a lot of "bad" lurking there.

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