Category: Plants

Desktop Jungle

I hinted at this in my last post, but I thought I’d take some time to really show off the houseplants that I’ve purchased. After two years of not really feeling settled enough to buy plants (with the exception of a kalanchoe that I abused horribly in Sydney) I am finally feeling rooted enough to spend entirely too much money on green things to adorn my desktop.

Currently, I’m sort-of focused on carnivores — I have tropical and temperate pitcher plants, Venus flytraps and sundews, along with orchids, and a few succulents that I found on sale. It’s a lovely feeling to come into my room and be surrounded by plants, even if my big ole Nepenthes x ‘Miranda’ will probably devour me in my sleep one of these days.

Anyway, here’s a quick tour of some of the things in my collection. (I’ve also been having fun with studio shots, if you can’t tell…)

Tropical Pitcher Plant
Nepenthes alata
Miniature Orchid
Cattleya sp.
Air Plant
Tillandsia sp.
Slipper Orchid
Paphiopedilum sp.
Cactus
Gymnocalycium sp.

It’s Been A While

Hello, internet, how are you? I’ve had a hectic year, but a pretty good one!

Here are some things that I did with it

Northern Shoveler Drake
Northern Shoveler Drake

Got serious about birding Or at least more serious than I was. Australia started the love affair, but this year, I’ve actually started waking up with the dawn chorus and visiting wetland habitats to look for kingfishers and waterfowl. I’m up to 427 species on my life list, and am even starting to learn how to tell gulls apart.

Zion National Park
Zion National Park

Took a roadtrip across the Western US I started in Houston, made my way to Big Bend, cut through White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns and the Chiricahuas, made a quick stop at the Grand Canyon, turned North to visit my folks and check out Rocky Mountain National Park, then headed West again to hit up Arches and Antelope Island before visiting a friend in San Fransisco, then looked at the fantastic trees of Muir Woods and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine National Forest, took in the glacial-carved splendor of Yosemite, spent the hottest night of my life in Death Valley, fell in love with Zion … and finally made my way back to Texas. It was a hell of a trip.

Abiquah Falls
Abiquah Falls

Moved to Oregon Portlandia is now home! I’m loving the green, my proximity to the sea, and all the great coffee and waterfalls. Plus, there are some pretty cool birds that make their home here.

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican

Visited Mexico In early January, I took a trip to Cabo San Lucas, where I got to snorkel with whale sharks, heard whalesong for the first time (while diving, no less!) and ate a lot of really delicious tacos.

Yellow Pitcher Plant
Yellow Pitcher Plant

Bought Some Plants Okay, okay, maybe this isn’t that exciting, but I’ve really been getting in to growing house plants. I’m especially excited about my carnivores and my orchids.

I hope you’ve have as great a time as I have. Next week, I’ll be taking some time to travel the Oregon Coast & Crater Lake, and I look forward to sharing photos of that adventure with you all.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Flora

I am not really a fan of plants. I mean, yes, I recognize that they are sort-of an essential part of my existence, but they’re just not all that charismatic. (Except for my Venus flytrap, which is a wonderful plant.) I also find them very, very challenging to take pictures of, because they are just sort-of green, leafy amorphous blobs to me.

But since I was in a botanic garden yesterday, I felt obligated to take at least a few plant pictures.

Waterfall in the Japanese Garden
Waterfall in the Japanese Garden

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