A closeup of a single Deptford pink:

A high-magnification image, stacked for more detail at the flower center. The intertwined pistils were what caught my eye. I tried some views that were even closer, but it was hard to capture the spiky details at higher magnifications.


Wild carrot

Wild carrot, the non-native Daucus carota, is better known as Queen Anne’s lace:

The tiny red-purple flower at the center of the umbel of white flowers is supposed to represent the drop of blood he queen shed when she pricked a finger while making lace. Don’t try to eat it, it’s easy to confuse Queen Anne’s lace with similar poisonous hemlock.


The seed head of a garden scabiosa (pincushion flower):

The repeating pattern caught my eye. The globular spent flower cluster is about a half inch across. This was at 2x or 3x magnification.

Gowing’s swamp

Gowing’s swamp is a quaking bog in Concord, Massachusetts. It’s a bog with history – it’s been studied since colonial times and visited by Thoreau, who wrote about it. Here are a few images from the edge of the bog:

I made two visits, and both times was distracted by flowers and insects at the edge of the wetland. I walked around the edge without getting to the mosses and other plants at the heart of the quaking bog. The first time I found the pretty flower with the fanciful name Clasping-leaved Venus’ looking glass (Triodanis perfoliate). I went back a week later to get a better image, but there were no blooms left. I’ve have to go back next year. Or maybe sooner, after I get waders, to find some unusual bog plants.

Milkweed beetles

Two milkweed beetles – you know what they’re up to.

I’ve seen lots of beautiful flowers this season, but I haven’t had many good insect encounters until this. And in the same milkweed patch, I found a two large jumping spiders…

June flowers

A bunch of selective focus images of flowers from the last few weeks: starflower, yarrow, and birdfoot violet:

Deptford pinks

A tiny wildflower on a long stem – I found a lot of them blooming recently:


A common wildflower after a rain:

Lychnis is another name for this flower. I think this species is Silene latifolia.

Wood poppy petals

A wood poppy abstract:

I wish they bloomed longer – they only flower for a week or so.

Oldfield toadflax

In my area, oldfield toadflax (Nuttallanthus canadensis) blooms in profusion in sunny areas. I found hundreds of them on a sandy slope:

In the woods nearby, I found starflower (link) and mayflower. I hoped for butterflies – this spot is a Frosted Elfin site – with no luck. But there were literally dozens of Ebony Jewelwing damselflies (link), all of them active and uncooperative subjects. I’ve never seen that many in one place before.