Beyond the "Dogs" the big news this week was green - in every virid shade. (Virid = living pulsing green of a sort that doesn't seem to record with full force on film/or a digital plane. I have often thought of virid green to be the opposite but equal of blood-red corpuscles as viewed through a microscope. )
The new Sweetgumseedballs begin to mature. If I have it right, only one of the balls of the multi-ball cluster makes the descent, while the rest of the cluster falls to the ground. (See week 11)
Redbud purple dims as new green "hearts" push from the tips.
Not sure if this is new Walnut or Pecan growth (Mount Magazine view)
Still waiting on a better ID, but this catkin belongs to a member of the Birch family.
(File/04) Southern Red Oak goes to leaf, even as the catkins leave.
End of week, Southern Red Oak in full regalia (but still thickening)
Virid copper green Oaks near the State Capitol. These would be Willow Oaks, unless the leaf fattens up and I find they are Water Oaks. (There are some other very apparent Willow Oaks on ground that are not near as bunchy with leaf.
While the White oaks and Pin Oaks seem just now bursting forth in copper catkin (those floral chains that look like worms), many of the other oaks are shedding their "worms" as the new leaves push into flower, and spread them (with wind help) into dusty humps upon the ground.
I'm pretty sure these are the seeds of a Silver Tip maple, now turning brittle and the color of straw. Next week, whirling wind.
What a wild wisteria patch! I hope to return next year and harvest a body of images.
Other things observed:
Azalias (sp?), blooming under the dogwood. Red bud greatly diminished Red Clover building in mounds Purple Vetch beginning to out from the Red Clover mix Dock weed in the interstate lots of the yellow stick (daisy family) flowers White bushes coated in mini-carnation.
Red Maple given to bold green leafing Silver tip Maple given to whirly seed browning, far less leaf than the Red. Sugar Maple flowerettes strewn on the ground, a suggestion of whirly bird seed.
NOTE: ID AR is now largely defunct. Flickr, Youtube, and Google Plus have taken over my photo world. I am keeping this here as a repository, and to help ME find the names of things.... So enjoy, but not much new here.
Welcome to ID Arkansas, your slowly growing identification guide to the weeds, trees, plants, wildflowers, flowers, flora and fauna of Arkansas, by the very debonair photographer, Kirk Jordan. (I had to say all those things for search engines).
My goal for this site is to blend science and asthetics in such a way that we might see, name, and delight in the things which God has made -- through artful yet highly-descriptive photographs. As for content, I am an amateur naturalist at best, and will readily take your corrections, additions, or submissions. Consider this a shared project. (And where you see incomplete posts and errors, consider the photographer way too busy!)
The dates on this site may or may not reflect the actual post dates (or photo dates). I plan to monkey with the dates by year, so that current blooming things display near top.
Beyond that, the SEARCH box in the upper-left corner, or the lables list below may help you find a specific thing. Try common names, colors, or other descriptive words to see if you find a match.
Unless otherwise noted, all pictures on this site are copywrited by photographer Kirk Jordan. If you wish to "borrow" a picture here or there for your non-commercial blog, you may do so with appropriate credit and link info.
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