I took a walk out in the park where I work, in Houston, TX, today and took some pictures of various things in bloom and fruit. This is a really nice time of the year to be out in the woods and prairie. Here’s what I found…
Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), which is a host plant for Gulf Fritillary caterpillars; Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii) fruiting these distinctive white berries; the dark purple fruit of Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), which are wildly popular with resident birds; some kind of grotesquely beautiful polypore shelf fungus; and Kansas Gayfeather aka Prairie Blazingstar (Liatris pycnostachya), a popular flower for several species of butterfly.
Today I said goodbye to one of my best friends. 12 years was not long enough. I miss you so much already. Goodbye Luke. We all loved you so much.
Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.
What an amazing life to live
Steve Irwin’s soul is in that kid
Cady Heron, is that you?
"Don’t dream it, be it."
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)