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Another perfect day in paradise...Sept. 10, 2015

We left Kanab about nine--perhaps a bit earlier, and must have started on the trek to Bright Angel not long after ten. It was a wonderful day--perfect temperature not even a breeze. I managed to get one view nearly worthy of the place--here above.

 Org (Georg) and Marietjie have been the best companions imaginable: they've kept me amused as I drive (rent-a-car--they can't drive) and I relish their stories about Africa. They were the impetus for the trip, but driving through the Southwest is really something we all need to do regularly--especially in the off season!

Org's son loves bonsai, so you would often see him photographing gnarled plants to torment his son (with kindness of course!)
 I should have photographed the dozen or so fantastic shrubs thereabouts, including Garrya, Amelanchier utahensis, Purshia stansburiana, various Quercus, Cercocarpus (intricatus and ledifolius) and on and on and on...this dwarfish and uncharacteristic manzanita is all you get to see, al…

Wildfire! zauschnerias set flame to the West! (or Confessions of a Fuddy Duddy)

 Epilobium canum for botanical purists! This picture was taken on Monday in Sequoia National Park--a mile or so from "General Sherman"--the largest tree by bulk on planet Earth. This is the most widespread zauschneria in the Sierra: and probably the commonest of the species in the wild. It loves to grow along the road as you can see--but I've seen it in the past in screes from fairly low elevations to well above treeline in the Sierra...

 I was so delighted to find this flashy colony I shall inflict quite a few closeups of the grouping for your delectation: of course, not everyone likes hot red flowers. Most fellows do, however...

Botanists, largely at the behest of Peter Raven [world authority on Onagraceae as well as the ultimate honcho of public gardening--and paleobotany while we're at it] was responsible I believe for the lumping of Zauschneria--for no doubt excellent reasons. I presume the DNA puts it in the middle of Epilobium (let's hope so anyway: otherw…

Half way 'round Denver Botanic Gardens August 30, 2015

I've really not had a good walk around our York Street gardens for over two months (between traveling and recovering from traveling). Yesterday (after my budget meeting with the boss) I decided it was time to take a stroll. I got through little more than half of the Gardens (a lot less than that if you factor in the Children's garden, the Greenhouses and Conservatory--and let's not even talk about Chatfield and Mt. Goliath!)...I was charmed by the variety of plants and the wonderful design. I hope you will be too! Oh yes: the Bird of Paradise Shrub made it fine through the last two hideous winters!

 A view of our largest specimen outside the Bistro.

 Our sculpture exhibit this year is polar opposite of Chihuly: subtle and understated: they seem to complement the garden rather than compete with it...I always want to touch these and see if they're really made of bronze. But I don't (being a good citizen!)...OK. Maybe once.