Category Archives: Flowers

Study of a Rose

The world is full of roses: gardens, paintings, songs, poems…the list is endless.

Red Rose
Red Rose

This rose was a gift from Gerald’s, the tire place.

Red Rose
Red Rose

Gerald’s is a  business that is all about customer service, including this token of their appreciation, left on the seat of your car. Add marketing to the rose’s achievement list.

Red Rose
Red Rose

A Yellow Fur Jacket

I don’t know the plant or the insect.  Rather pretty up close, the insect has a furry looking yellow jacket, but is not what I think of as a “Yellow Jacket.” The small flowers are on tall stalks growing in standing water at the edge of a swampy area.

Bee on a Flower
Bee on a Flower – click photo for larger view

The insect must have been getting some nourishment satisfaction or good taste because he kept at it, going round and round the plant.

Bee on a Flower
Bee on a Flower – click photo for larger view

Except for the purple highlights on the leaves, the plant is not particularly attractive to look at. I should go back in a week or so and see what it might have transformed into.

Bee on a Flower
Bee on a Flower showing a shiny “bald” spot between his wings- click photo for larger view

A Dash of Color

Iris in all sorts of colors are thriving around the swamp where I photograph the wading birds. This is some distance from the cultivated gardens and I’ve wondered if they were planted intentionally or just happened via a happy accident. Regardless, its a nice surprise to happen upon them.

Purple iris
White iris with yellow accent
Deep purple iris with yellow accent
Iris with cob web strands

Popping Poppies

We had just had a hard late season frost so I was quite surprised to see these brilliant poppies in full bloom along my path.

The blooms were dancing in a light breeze, the full sun highlighting the colors.

A bee filled his pollen sacks with seemingly little effort, gliding around in the flower cup.

It was worth the stop and delay in getting to my destination.

Winter Beauty

One of the lovely things about living in South Carolina is seeing plants in bloom throughout the year.

Winter Lily

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston maintains a huge variety of plantings, most in a less formal style “where humanity and nature are in harmony.” Surprises are at every turn and this Lily was holding court in a small clearing near a massive oak brought down by hurricane Matthew.

Click on photo for larger view.

 

Delicate Swamp Things *Spider Alert*

These spiders have webs all along the trails around the Audubon Swamp Garden at Magnolia Plantation. During our visit June 26th there was a lot of mating activity. Look closely in this photo and you will see the much smaller black male on this side of the more colorful female. An exoskeleton she recently shed  is stuck in the web just above them.

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(Click any photo to enlarge.)

Our guide on the walk says these spiders won’t jump out onto human passers by. I reminded myself of that a few times as we passed under some webs. We’ll return in a few weeks and see how family life is progressing.

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In the mean time the pond surfaces were active with dragonflies in a variety of colors scooping up other insects.

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Spider lilies didn’t seem to mind the heat with their roots in several inches of water.