Monday, July 5, 2010

Bluebird Blue Skies

The Jackson  Hole Jaycees describe the skies out here as Bluebird Blue. By looking at the sky today, I have to agree. The air is warm, not hot. It’s dry. Maybe, just maybe, summer is here!

This is a macro, or close-up of a salsify (aka, Goat’s Beard). I was surprised I could focus on the tiny traces of pollen.
The coneflower which has been growing a couple of inches a day has finally set forth a bud. This bud will not get a traditional flower, instead it will have hundreds of teensy yellow florets, but only a row will “bloom” at a time. You have to wonder how it attracts the attention of beneficial insects.

I just discovered this insect is commonly known as a Blister Beetle. If you disturb it, it will produce a yellowish goo that will cause blisters on sensitive skin. Needless to say, I have not tried disturbing this beetle to find out if it really does have a yellowish blistering goo.

This  tiny flower is no bigger than a pea. Does anyone know what it is?

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