Passionflower

One of the truly bizarre flower species that grows native to my home area, passionflowers are a strange sight to behold. Their exotic appearance certainly made me doubt their native status in my younger days. While researching this genus, I discovered that Spanish missionaries used the various parts of the flower (the arrangement of the… Read More Passionflower

Fire Pink

I’ve mentioned it before, but I will say it again: adding wildflowers to our search images for our walks in the woods has added so much extra richness to our hikes. Plants that I would have previously spared only a cursory glance now become stars of their own natural history vlog episodes! Fire pinks are… Read More Fire Pink

Beardtongue

Today’s TTN video is about another gorgeous native wildflower, the beardtongue. Each new flower discovery we make has made our daily nature walks more and more exciting. Enjoy the beardtongues!     If you have any suggestions for future topics you’d like to see in this blog, please leave them in the comments! *All photos… Read More Beardtongue

Partridgeberry

Today’s TTN vlog is about the partridgeberry. This plant is teensy! It grows along the ground, and can easily be overshadowed by larger, showier plants. However, when it’s winter time, partridgeberry is often the only splash of color one sees, surrounded by a sea of brown leaves and bare twigs and branches.   If you… Read More Partridgeberry

Little Brown Jug

The latest TTN video blog is up! In this video, we look at the flowers of arrowleaf ginger (Hexastylis arifolia), also known as the little brown jug. They are surprisingly cryptic, and completely fascinating! As it turns out, the flowers have a faint ginger smell to them, which attracts fungus gnats that pollinate them. Later,… Read More Little Brown Jug

Why Durant?

The first video in the new The Triangle, Naturally video series is a video about Durant Nature Park. This park is near and dear to my heart. Not only is it close to my house, but it’s chock full of an amazing diversity of plants and animals. My kids love coming here to hike, skip stones on… Read More Why Durant?