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Common Sunflower

July 31st, 2009 No comments

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Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is the wild version of the larger common sunflower. They are found in a variety of open habitats including prairies, fields and roadsides. The flowers are golden yellow with a yellow-brown disk. Leaves are heart-shaped or spade-like and alternate on the stem with thin stalks. Plants grow from 3 to 12 feet in height. Read more about Helianthus annuus at Wikipedia and the USDA.

Musk Thistle & Honey Bee

July 30th, 2009 1 comment

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“The Musk thistle or Nodding thistle (Carduus nutans) is a member of the sunflower family Asteraceae. It is a biennial herb with showy red-purple flowers and sharply spiny stems and leaves.
Musk thistle grows from sea level to an elevation of about 2,500 m in neutral to acidic soils. It typically grows on open disturbed soil or heavily grazed land in areas such as meadows, arable land, roadsides, building sites and similar. It spreads rapidly in areas subjected to frequent natural disturbance events such as landslides and flooding, but does not grow well in excessively wet, dry or shady conditions.
Musk thistle was introduced into eastern North America in the early 1800s and has a long history there as an invasive species. It has been declared a noxious weed in many U.S. states and Canadian provinces.” Source: “Musk Thistle” Wikipedia.com. See also USDA Musk Thistle. Photo Taken July 2009 Weston Idaho by David Densley.

Old Barn Sunset

July 29th, 2009 No comments

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Old Barn and Cattle Loading Ramp at Sunset West of Logan Utah. Photo taken June 2009 by David Densley.

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Horsemint

July 28th, 2009 No comments

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“There are over 5,000 species of mints worldwide and include many cultivated varieties such as lavendaer, rsemary, basil, spearmint and peppermint. Like all other members of the mint family, the steams of this plant are square in cross-section. Leaves grow opposite each other on the stem. The flowers, formed like tubes, have two lips. Horsemint has roughly traingular leaves with coarsely-toothed edges, and has a minty odor. The small, white or pink flowers occur in a dense cluster.” Source: How to Identify Wildflowers Near Your Camp, USDA Pamplet. Photo taken at Tony Grove in Northern Utah July 2009 by David Densley.

Skyrocket & Caterpillar

July 27th, 2009 5 comments

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“Ipomopsis aggregata is a flowering plant of the Polemoniaceae family. Its common names include, scarlet trumpet, and skyrocket. It is native to western North America, growing mainly in the central to western regions and ranging from as far north as British Columbia to Mexico.

It has characteristic red, trumpet-shaped flowers and basal leaves stemming from a single erect stem. There are many subspecies.” Source: Wikipedia.

Sego Lily Postcard Pack

July 24th, 2009 No comments

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Story of the Sego Lily

July 24th, 2009 2 comments

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“The Sego Lily is a sacred plant in Native American legend. Sego is a Shoshonean word thought to mean “edible bulb.” The flower thrives in desert-like conditions. It blooms in May and June. There are about seven variations of the plant in Utah. The white flower species displays three large, waxy petals. Each petal, on the inner surface, shows a distinctive crescent-shaped, purplish marking with a fringe of bright yellow hairs. The plant’s leaves, withered by flowering time, appear grass-like and sparse.

The pioneers of 1848-49 ate the sego lily bulb to help ward off starvation. Some bulbs were as large as walnuts, but most were the size of marbles. The bulbs were best fresh-cooked because they turned thick and ropey when cool.

By the 1880s those early settlers who had eaten the bulb felt it set them apart from newcomers to the Salt Lake Valley. The old-timers thought that to have suffered through the hard times of the early Utah colonizing showed their tenacity and righteousness. For those pioneers it became a badge of virtue to have been a “bulbeater.”

On March 18, 1911, the Utah State Legislature designated the sego lily as the state flower. Early in 1913 the LDS General Relief Society Board chose it as their official emblem. During the First World War the flower became a symbol of peace. Karl E. Fordham’s poem “Sego Lily” portrayed the plant as an image of home, mercy, freedom, and peace for the men and women of Utah who were serving on the battlefields of Europe.” Source: historytogo.utah.gov

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Penstrom at Peter’s Sink

July 23rd, 2009 1 comment

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Penstrom (Wasatch Beardtounge) at Peter’s Sink in the Bear River Mountains of Northern Utah. July 2008.

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Tiger Lilly

July 22nd, 2009 3 comments

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Tiger Lilly. July 2009.

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Nuttall’s Sheepmoth on Showy Goldeneye

July 21st, 2009 3 comments

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Nuttall’s Sheepmoth on Showy Goldeneye. Wellsville Mountain Range, Northern Utah. July 2007.