Saturday, September 27, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday - Honeybee and Victory Garden

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Today, we went to the San Francisco City Hall Victory Garden. "Victory Gardens" were planted during World Wars I and II to grow food to overcome wartime deficits. Slow Food Nation partnered with Victory Gardens 2008+ to create an organic Victory Garden in front of San Francisco's City Hall. The last Victory Garden in front of City Hall existed over sixty-five years ago in 1943. For more information, click here.


The Victory Garden consists of attractive concentric rings of vegetables, wildflowers and other California native plants against the stunning backdrop of City Hall.

San Francisco City Hall Victory Garden



San Francisco City Hall Victory Garden



San Francisco City Hall Victory Garden



Kale
Kale



Sunflowers
Sunflowers


The Victory Garden also included demonstration gardens of California Native Plant Pollinator Habitat and California Native Coastal Shrub Habitat. I was fortunate to be able to capture shots of a honeybee and a bee-fly or a wasp on flowers in both of those habitats.


Honeybee on Tidy Tips
California honeybee on Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa)



Honeybee on Buckwheat
Bee-fly or Sand Wasp? on California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)



Yarrow Flowers
Macro shot of flowers of California Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) in California Native Coastal Scrub Habitat



Baby Blue Eyes
Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) in California Native Plant Pollinator Habitat



California Native Plant Pollinator Annual
Annual California Native Plant Pollinator


Unknown Moth on Leaf
Unknown Moth on Leaf


The Victory Garden is wonderful and sets an example of all of the food that could be raised right here in urban backyards of San Francisco.

P.S. Thanks to Eileen for pointing out to me that my photo of what I thought was a honeybee on the buckwheat in fact was either a bee-fly (a fly that mimics a bee to fend off predators) or a sand wasp. Can anyone help in identifying it precisely? Thanks!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Australian Flora & Fauna II - Lizard Island and Great Barrier Reef

After leaving Sydney, we flew to Cairns, Queensland and then on a small plane to Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Lizard Island was incredibly beautiful. We snorkeled around Lizard Island as well as at Cod Hole and No Name on the Great Barrier Reef. We marveled at the diversity and beauty of the coral.



Reef at No Name
Beautiful coral formations at No Name diving and snorkeling site on the Great Barrier Reef



Antler Coral
Antler Coral in Lizard Island Waters



Coral
Coral in Lizard Island Waters



We also were amazed by the vibrant colors of the Giant Clams (Tridacna gigas) and the fish.



Giant Clam
Giant Clam (Tridacna gigas) in Lizard Island waters



Wrasse
Unknown Wrasse at No Name, Great Barrier Reef



Potato Cod
Potato Cod at Cod Hole, Great Barrier Reef



Beaked Leatherjacket
A Beaked Leatherjacket (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) at No Name in Great Barrier Reef



Clownfish
Clown Anemonefish in Lizard Island waters


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