Tuesday, January 29, 2008

ABC Wednesday--B


Continuing the wildflowers (and other wild critters) with B:
American Bistort is common in the meadows in July and August. We were told once years ago that its nickname is Dirty Socks. No one since seems to have ever heard of that, but the smell explains where the idea came from. Its nasty smell attracts pollinators.

Bear Grass is an interesting plant. Growing about three feet tall and with blossoms that are at least three or four inches across, bear grass is not abundant every year. You can go two or three years without seeing any, then one year, there seems to be bear grass everywhere.



Birds Beak Lousewort --don't you just love the name?


lousewort lousewort lousewort


Bee
Blue Lady Butterfly

33 comments:

RUTH said...

A lovely selection of B's. :o)

DeeMom said...

Lovely pictures, SPRING is soon to come...

RuneE said...

Nice B(ee)s and lots of beautiful flowers!

Paulie said...

You sure learn a lot working at Rainier in the summer as a guide huh?

Ida said...

Nice shots from the wild.
Beautiful and interesting. :)

Dirty Knees said...

Nice nature photos, especially of the Blue Lady!

Peter M said...

Unusual plants, love the butterfly looks like one that is similar in this country. http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/species.php?vernacular_name=Holly%20Blue

Andrea said...

Wow, looks like a post full of allergies for me. Great "B" post though.

DarylE said...

I am especially impressed with the Blue Lady Butterfly never having seen one before .. and learning about the plants is a plus!

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

What a wonderfull shots of all the animal/nature stating with a B for ABC wednesday! This way I learn all english words too...

See what I made for ABC wednesday,
Greetings form JoAnn Holland

Dragonstar said...

Beautiful shots - that butterfly is perfection! I love these wildlife pictures.

dot said...

Beautiful pictures and very interesting post. Never heard of any of those but they are beautiful.

Ninnie said...

Love your wildflowers(wildcritters) pictures.
NinniesWorld

leslie said...

Wow, great selection of Bs relating to wildflowers and the bee. :D

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Welcome to ABC Wednesday. Not sure how I missed you last week. I love your plant and other pictures. I hadn't seen the white flowered of Bistort before its quite pretty.

bonnie said...

The butterfly is gorgeous without being as scary looking as the bumblebee, who is also beautiful.

VP said...

Love the B's!

Nessa said...

I like the Bear Grass.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great set of B's

edmundnesbitt said...

Oooooooooooooooooh! Our spring bulbs are starting to grow now! Wonder if there will be many on my expedition?

farmingfriends said...

These wildflowers are pretty.It is interesting to find out what grows in other parts of the world. sara from farmingfriends

Flassie's Fil'a said...

Beautiful Bee, Butterfly
and Bloom's. Even though
one of the flowers smell
like dirty socks.

Have you ever seen one that
look's like an Elephant head?

Have a Blessed Happy Fun
Healthy Creative Year!!!

Katney said...

I believe that ther eis an elephant head lousewort or maybe it is an elephant head pedicularis which grows at Sunrise. It will likely be included in my E week. I think I will have taken a picture of it last summer.

Kate Isis said...

These are great Picks for Letter B.
Happy Wednesday.

AVCR8TEUR said...

That is lots of B's for you this week. Your first photo looks more like a "dirty brush" than a "dirty sock". I've never seen bear grass. I wonder if it attracts bears.

Max-e said...

Nice selection of flowers

becky voyles said...

Thanks for your comments on my blog & that mine was the best B list.

becky aka theRAV

Janet said...

Very unique plants and good choices for "B"

Neva said...

Katney...I work in a school library as well!!! what a hoot....I love your "B"....good choice. and we have lots of snow and ice as well.....

david mcmahon said...

Whta a great name - dirty socks!!!!

Thank you for the lovely comment on my post B Is For Beginning.

That really means a lot to me.

Blue said...

Hi there!

TY for visiting my Abc photo, like you, I only joined this run.
In answer to your question, as why so many blue bikes where I live, I live in the univercity city of Oxford, full of bike riding students....

I liked your 'B' flowers & loved the blue butterfly.

Best wishes
Blue

Miss_Yves said...

A very interesting post to know botanic !
How nice is the lady blue butterfly!
miss Yves

Siani said...

That's a lovely collection of B's. I especially like the little blue butterfly. Thanks for visiting me and my apologies for taking so long to return the visit.