Tag Archives: flowers

It’s spring!

For you, I gathered a posy of close-ups from two years ago.






Dig patterns in plants? Check out these older posts:
Birth of a Fractal
Feelin’ Fibonacci


Spring opening

Ten-stem bunch from Trader Joe’s. Cut ends. Place in water.
Next 48 hours:


March 24 @ 12:19 pm

Best buds hangin’ out in salsa jar


March 24 @ 12:24 pm

Well, hello yellow!


March 24 @ 4:24 pm

Look at you bloom, light up a room


March 25 @ 1:41 pm

Bud far left, rooting for you


March 25 @ 5:31 pm

Look how you’ve grown, holding your own


March 26 @ 11:18 am


Breckinridge Park, Richardson – Update

It’s poppy time! These pictures were taken last Sunday, May 3rd.


Pack a picnic and enjoy the view


Nature painted you a surprise


Gauzy poppies sway in the breeze


Not a cloud in the sky


A study in scarlet

Take in the show while it lasts! Get location information for Breckinridge Park.

Go green

Give an old bottle new life …


… with flowers that brighten your kitchen sink.

You’ll need:
An empty pump bottle (mine once held facial cleanser)
A strip of duct tape
A Sharpie or other permanent marker


All the materials you need for this easy project. Just add doodles, and you’re set.



















Stick a piece of duct tape on one side of your empty bottle. Draw on the tape with a Sharpie. I drew flowers 🙂 Fill bottle with dish soap, and ta-da! You have a new dish soap dispenser.


“Mistakes” add to the handmade charm. Still, if you’re not happy with the pattern, just peel off the tape, use a fresh piece, and doodle anew.

Birth of a fractal

A fractal is a repeating pattern that displays at different scales. Nature brings science, math, and art together in the fractal flowers of Queen Anne’s lace:


The first umbel …


… gives rise to multiple umbels


a proliferation of umbels


fractal bloom


what the … fractal!

Geek out on fractals here.

Pictures taken June 2014 in Plano, Texas

Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Nestled in Brockdale Park, a prairie paradise overlooking Lake Lavon in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) is home to gorgeous birds of prey. Cravin’ avian awesomeness? Here you go:


Peregrine Falcon / Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Did you know that peregrine falcons reach speeds upwards of 320 km/hour (200 miles/hour) when stooping?! Another cool fact: the traditional term for a male falcon is tercel. Makes me want to run out and buy a Toyota Tercel, which I doubt is even manufactured anymore.

Red-Tailed Hawk at Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Red-Tailed Hawk / Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Easy to see why the red-tailed hawk got its name.

Red-Tailed Hawk again

Red-Tailed Hawk again

From the BPRC website: “All of our raptor ambassadors have come to BPRC with circumstances that make them non-releasable. Due to their injuries or conditions, they would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. They have become the ambassadors for all wild birds of prey by educating the public about the issues concerning their future.”

Stunning ambassadors they sure are! Okay now, prepare for cute overload:

Screech Owl at Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Screech Owl / Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

See how small this owl scales before the human! I think this one is called Sweet Pea. So cute, I want to pat her on the head and and give her a lollipop. Pretty sure she’ll want a mouse instead.

Screech Owl again

Screech Owl again

Barred Owl at Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Barred Owl / Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Named for the bars on its chest, the barred owl has an easily recognizable call: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all? A BPRC volunteer quipped that they call this one Shakespeare because he’s a bard owl. LOL.

Apart from a fantastic presentation by dedicated volunteers featuring the above raptors and a few others, including two other screech owls, a great horned owl, a barn owl, a kite, and a kestrel, volunteers led prairie walks filled with cool facts about the flora.

Hey, Sunshine!

Maximilian Sunflower in Brockdale Park

Maximilian Sunflower in Brockdale Park

Eryngo is a prairie plant with purple flower heads shaped like pineapples, each about as big as your thumb.

Eryngo in Brockdale Park

Eryngo in Brockdale Park

Here’s the water wheel on site at the park. In the background you can see a deck with a roof shaped like the wings of a raptor in flight. Volunteers had set up a spotting scope on the deck for up-close views of birds visiting the lake.

Water Wheel in Brockdale Park

Water Wheel in Brockdale Park

BPRC’s offerings include First Saturdays, their on-site programming the first Saturday of every month. One such event drew me there and that’s how these pictures came about. You’ll find details on First Saturdays and more on their website.

You should go. You’ll have a hoot!

Great Horned Owl / Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Great Horned Owl / Blackland Prairie Raptor Center

Feelin’ Fibonacci

In this purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seed head, the number of clockwise spirals is a Fibonacci number, as is the number of counterclockwise spirals. Fascinating!

purple coneflower

Taken May 2013 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. This DFW gem is also home to a beautiful Japanese garden.

Intrigued? Check out Gareth E. Roberts’ fantastic presentation, Fun with Fibonacci Numbers: Applications in Nature and Music.