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?

The video blog!

Hello! It’s been a while, I know. I’ve been working on expanding my creative outlets, and I think I’ve finally hit upon a way to combine my interest in local natural history with my interest in making videos. The Triangle, Naturally video series! The video blog will have the same mission as this blog here,… Read More The video blog!

Old North State Symbols #7 – The State Butterfly

In 2012, the State Legislature designated the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) as the official butterfly of North Carolina. It is believed that artist and mapmaker John White, governor of Roanoke Island (the “Lost Colony”), was the first to draw the eastern tiger swallowtail. This painting was made sometime around 1587! Tiger swallowtails are large,… Read More Old North State Symbols #7 – The State Butterfly

Know Your Neighborhood – Brentwood Park

Just off the Beltline, nestled between Capital Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, in the sleepy little neighborhood of Brentwood, there is a teensy little park. Part of Raleigh’s Greenway project, Brentwood Park and Community Center is a tiny oasis of wild in an otherwise largely suburban sprawl. My kids and I were running errands today, and… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – Brentwood Park