I’m not great at telling purple finches (Haemorhous purpureus) and house finches (Haemorhous mexicanus) apart, but given that purple finches tend to leave southern Wisconsin in the spring to nest up north, I’m voting that the one outside my office window (pictured above) is a house finch.
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I found some photos I forgot to post on Saturday. Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) aren’t actually from Siberia, but to the southwest of it in Russia, the Caucuses, and Turkey. I wonder what kind of squill we’d have today if the Dutch had gone wild for squill in the sixteenth century instead of tulips. Virgina bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are from Virginia—along with … Read more
I had fun lying on the ground and taking pictures of the mayapples and bloodroot today. Some of the bloodroot flowers are already open, but I didn’t think to take clear pictures of them. Too fascinated by the way they come up with the leaves wrapped in tight little bundles but fully formed along with the flower … Read more