Sunday, June 8, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday - Anemone

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In Greek mythology, anemone (ranunculaceae) grew from the blood of Aprodite's dead lover, Adonis. They are named windflowers because the wind that blows open the petals of the flower also will later blow away the dead petals. Here is an anemone in a shady spot in my backyard which I think is an anemone hybrida or japonica.

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Anemone hybrida or japonica


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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

San Francisco Hummingbirds

Although San Francisco is an urban environment, there are several different kinds of hummingbirds that can be found in the city. They are so beautiful and charming. In my backyard, they bathe in a fountain in the early morning and late evening. One of them is what I believe to be an adult female Allen hummingbird. Because she moved so quickly, my camera captured a ghostly doppelgänger image.

Female Adult Allen Hummingbird

Female adult Allen hummingbird

Female Adult Allen's Hummingbird

Female adult Allen hummingbird

Female Adult Allen Hummingbird

Female adult Allen hummingbird

At Chrissy Field in San Francisco I captured this shot of what I believe to be a male adult Anna's hummingbird. He was quite still and posing on a branch.

Male Adult Anna's Hummingbird

Male adult Anna's hummingbird

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