"As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Well, why aren't you all copying that down?" - Professor Snape, The Sorcerer's Stone
Wildflower identification has always been one of our favorite vacation activities (because we are party people). I happen to be a blue flower enthusiast and am guilty of rolling my eyes at the yellow flowers who think they are going to make it into my photo collection. Think again, sunflower.
We photographically collected all we have found for the last few years. I uploaded all this year's photos to Flickr and ordered a sticker book collection from Moo.
These are all going in
our ahem, her nature journal (I'm a bit envious) with ID information and any interesting literary references. Like, did you know that monkshood was said to grow from the slobber of Cerberus? And that Athena supposedly used it to turn Arachne into a spider? And so much more...
I'm not doing the 100 species challenge because I don't like rules when it comes to plant identification but if I were I think we would create a photographic collection using the Moo mini cards. You know, you could write the species on the back and where you found it. You could play memory games or something. As it is, it may take us a bit more time to amass 100 wildflower photos. Especially if I keep excluding yellow flowers.
Now I have to beg for help from the internet. My Rocky Mountain wildflower book was left out in the rain and the pages are glued together. I cannot find this flower online. I'm spending far too much time searching. Any ideas? It grew alongside a stream in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.