During my year of walking in the Swamp, I bought a couple of books on birds, and a book on trees and shrubs found in the region. The bird books came in handy for identifying what I was seeing. Most of them belonged here, and had clear identifiers.
The book on trees and shrubs proved less useful. There are so many varieties. So many look so much like another one, or another 100 varieties. It had a classification system, the overall size and shape, the texture and color of the bark, the size and shape of leaf, if the leafs are in clusters the arrangements, if there are flowers the number of petals. It would be a lifetime of study. We have a friend who is walking encyclopedia of garden bottony. It is easier to snap a photo and text it to Kel, she will know.
I am always moved by the perfection of a single bloom. The color, the form, the texture.
A bird id app is good if the bird stays still, which they often don't. The equivalent plant id app is a long way from perfect and I don't know why. No one would pay for it. There are some good websites to id birds, but nothing like What Bird is That book for birds found in Australia.ReplyDelete
Birds were much easier for me, a few people were using apps, there is one that identifies bird sounds.ReplyDelete
Isn't nature wonderful? I love the varied beauty of flowers.ReplyDelete
Such delicate beautyDelete
So much to see in flowers. They really are a marvel, as is all of nature.ReplyDelete
I need to remember to stop and smell the rosesDelete
I love the hike through nature and looking at the plants and birds and such, and ye I have zero desire to know anything about them; I think I just enjoy them as they are or else I'm just lazy.ReplyDelete
I agree, I can enjoy without knowing their names and familiesDelete
Such a beautiful bloom!ReplyDelete
Ran across this in a alleyDelete
I admire your ability to study the local fauna and flora. When I used to try becoming a botanist in my nearby woods, I quickly felt everything looked so different from my atlas. So were the birds. I love a single bloom too. Like one singularity wonder!ReplyDelete
For me the birds were easy, the trees and flowers impossible to identifyDelete
I often find identifying birds much easier than trees. For plants I trees, I send a picture to my nephew. He tends to get things right away.ReplyDelete
I send a picture to KelDelete