This summer has been rather rainy here on the eastern side of the Arkansas Ouachitas. The abundant rain and temperate, um, temperatures, may account for the steady parade of wildflowers we’ve not seen before. These pinks popped up last weekend. Don’t know what they are yet (possibly smooth phlox?), but they sure stand out among the greenery.
This week’s photo challenge is all about contrasts. We loved how the straight white-clad trunks of these birches contrasts with the wild maze of soft green early June foliage near Bayfield, Wisconsin.
Other of this week’s contrasts we liked:
Saw this beauty in the sumac below the deck this morning and wondered what he was. My question was answered by the orange page of University of Florida butterfly guide. He’s called a Question Mark and has a lovely Latin name too: Polygonia interrogationis.
And speaking of things orange, there’s a new sunset posted. Well, not really new. One from a snow-covered day in March.
Many of the photos in this blog are taken along paths trod time and time again on weekend “photo safaris,” which usually consist of an hour walking an area less than a half-mile radius from the house. There are mornings where the thought forms, (with sigh): “There doesn’t seem to be anything new today.” And almost before it’s completed, something new does appear. This was the first time in all the years on the mountain that we’d seen these purple bee balms. These were perched comfortably on a steep, south-facing slope.
Following the deer trails this morning, these bright, chrome yellow coreopsis were like beacons in the shadow of the oak, hickory and pine canopy.
This week’s photo challenge is twist. The rays of this wild purple coneflower seem be slowly unfurling — with a twist — in the shadows of the Ouachita Mountain woodlands.
Other twists we liked:
- Being a tourist in one’s own city: http://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/twist-tourist-in-your-own-city/
- A photographer being photographed: http://mittenedhands.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/twist/
- Twists of all sorts: http://sfchapman.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/weekly-photo-challenge-twist/
- Colorful twist: http://pilvipouta.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/twist/
- Arboreal dance: http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/weekly-photo-challenge-twist/
- Fern: http://justanothernatureenthusiast.org/2014/05/23/twist-weekly-photo-challenge/
If Linneas worked in children’s books, the native bee balm would probably be classified as Seussian.
This week’s challenge is On the Move. Here’s what’s been moving in the trees.
Other movement you might like:
- Motor racing — http://icezine.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/on-the-move-weekly-photo-challenge/
- Up and Down – http://mittenedhands.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/up-and-down/
- Multimodal motion – http://sfchapman.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/weekly-photo-challenge-on-the-move/
- Hooves, helmets and dust – http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/weekly-photo-challenge-on-the-move/
- Old school donkey cart – http://2fehah.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/weekly-photo-challenge-on-the-move/
- Waterbird and turtle train – http://tomwarrenphoto.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/on-the-move-2/
- Kicking up a wake in NY harbor – http://windagainstcurrent.com/2014/05/09/weekly-photo-challenge-on-the-move/