Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)…

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Another sign that Spring is near…this green rosette in a sea of brown leaves. I know it’s a weed, but in summer, thistles produce one of my favorite wild flowers.

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Sign of Spring…

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This Cedar seedling poking up from the leaves gives hope that Spring may be just around the corner.

Flowers of the Hoya plant…

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It’s always great when the tropical Hoya plant comes into bloom. The tiny wax-like flowers have a wonderful fragrance.

Lichen on sandstone…

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Lichen is a symbiotic organism consisting of a fungus and a green alga. The alga provides nutrients by way of photosynthesis while the fungus provides protection to the alga by retaining water as well as other benefits. This one sort of has a flower appearance.

A spot of red in the brown of winter…

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I’ve no idea what plant this is, maybe Honeysuckle. These must not taste good to birds or they wouldn’t have lasted this long.

 

Tiiimber…

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OK,I admit it. I’m fascinated by the work of beavers.

Aloe vera…

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This succulent plant is thought to have originated in the African Sudan. It is known to have been used for its medicinal properties since nearly 4,000 years ago. Today, many wild and fantastic claims are being made for its usage…everything from diabetes to herpes. While these claims are mostly dubious, its effectiveness in treating minor burns and skin conditions is pretty well proven.

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