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sooo done w this 2 week rain ☔️,daydreams of soaring like these 2 birds @larryblossom ,#algibson

Sometimes a wildflower can be as equally rare as it is beautiful. Such is the case of the state endangered wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum) here in Ohio. Of the 1,800 species of plants indigenous to the buckeye state you'd be hard pressed to find one that will leave you as breathless upon discovery than this fire orange wonder. Wood lily is a widely distributed species in North America with the northern Midwest/Great Lakes states and the Northeast its major hubs. Ohio geographically lies in the center of those two regions and on the fringes of those distributions, making it a sporadic scarcity here. It's only known from a handful of sites in the extreme south and northwestern parts of the state where it occurs in the tension zones between forest and open prairie/savanna. I'm most familiar with its southern extant populations, including one with dozens of plants scattered along the upper slopes of a hanging prairie glade in Adams Co. In an additional display of charm, wood lilies break bud with tepals (combined and identical-looking petals/sepals) a deep blood red that fade to orange within a day. Seeing these occur by the hundreds on Ontario's Bruce peninsula and Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes is a sight to see but I'm thankful for the few spots we have left in Ohio.
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While going through some old photo folders on my computer the other day, I came across this one I took of myself around this time 7-8 years ago. My family's farm in west central Ohio has a small woods with some of the largest bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis) trees I've ever seen in it and this one made for a worthy subject to pose with. This was just as I was getting into botany and I was especially enamored with large, old trees at the start. The black and white treatment of the photo makes it look like it's over a century old and a distant ancestor of mine but that's just an emerging Buckeye botanist figuring out what he wants to do with himself and his life not all that long ago. A fun photo to reminisce on for me to be sure... #Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #InstaNature #InstaLandcscape #InstaTree #Botany #Tree #Dendrology #BigTree #OldGrowth #AncientTree #Forest #Ecology #Hickory #Carya #Juglandaceae #Portrait #BlackAndWhite #Ohio #OhioTrees #OhioBotany #OhioNature #Winter #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist

While fly fishing a river in a nearby basin's sagebrush steppe landscape, I came across this unique wildflower. I didn't have a clue what it was at first and it took me ages to finally figure out its identity. Looking at photos of ten-petaled eveningstar (Mentzelia decapetala) in bloom shows a much different flower with wide open petals and a stunning appearance. Thing is, as the name suggests, it only opens in the evenings. During the day its flowers are folded up in the tubular form I saw and didn't match up what I was seeing initially in my wildflower books/websites. It was a pretty maddening ID I'm thankful to have worked out. I'd love to see its fully open form one of these days!
#Nature #Nature #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #PlantID #PlantPorn #PlantsOfInstagram #InstaNature #InstaPlant #Wildflower #Botany #Mentzelia #Eveningstar #Sagebrush #Basin #Wyoming #WindRiverRange #RockyMountains #Loasaceae #NightBloomer #Ecology #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist

Not sure what to say about a photo that can speak for itself. I just freaking love this time of year! The dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) is one of many wonders to be had.
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Devotees may recall this past spring I came home to a gorgeous female Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) hanging out on my outside garage light. It was a great find to come home to and exciting chance to see such a creature up close. Flash forward to today when I happened to see this big ol' tube of goo crawling up the driveway. It would turn out my moth friend managed to lay some eggs as this is a Polyphemus caterpillar! They're one of the continent's larger species of Lepidoptera and belong to Saturniidae with the other giant silk moths. I took the cat and placed it somewhere more safe than the driveway and snapped a few photos. Hopefully it'll pupate and grace me with its winged presence next year and keep the cycle going!

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It had been a hot minute since my dad and I watched an Ohio State game at the 'Shoe together. Perfect Big Ten football weather and a resurgent Buckeyes squad made for a fun time! However, the sardines-in-a-can feeling of the stands and loud/drunk moronic know-it-alls behind us were solid reminders why I'll always think my couch has the best seats of all. Games were more fun when I was a student there many moons and beers ago haha.
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Over the weekend I decided to de-pot my senesced voodoo lily (Amorphophallus konjac) and see how successful a first season in my possession it had. I was shocked! The new corm was more than twice the size of the original and grew so much more than I anticipated! The corm will overwinter in our hallway closet where it will stay cool, dry and dark until it's time to replant come late spring. My Amorphophallus albus in the background is still green and doing its thing but its corm will soon join its bigger kin in the closet to over-winter. The second photo is a shot of both aroids from a few months ago. I got so attached to them and am already excited to have them back in my life next year!
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While going through some old photo folders on my computer the other day, I came across this one I took of myself around this time 7-8 years ago. My family's farm in west central Ohio has a small woods with some of the largest bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis) trees I've ever seen in it and this one made for a worthy subject to pose with. This was just as I was getting into botany and I was especially enamored with large, old trees at the start. The black and white treatment of the photo makes it look like it's over a century old and a distant ancestor of mine but that's just an emerging Buckeye botanist figuring out what he wants to do with himself and his life not all that long ago. A fun photo to reminisce on for me to be sure... #Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #InstaNature #InstaLandcscape #InstaTree #Botany #Tree #Dendrology #BigTree #OldGrowth #AncientTree #Forest #Ecology #Hickory #Carya #Juglandaceae #Portrait #BlackAndWhite #Ohio #OhioTrees #OhioBotany #OhioNature #Winter #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist

It had been a hot minute since my dad and I watched an Ohio State game at the 'Shoe together. Perfect Big Ten football weather and a resurgent Buckeyes squad made for a fun time! However, the sardines-in-a-can feeling of the stands and loud/drunk moronic know-it-alls behind us were solid reminders why I'll always think my couch has the best seats of all. Games were more fun when I was a student there many moons and beers ago haha.
#Football #OhioState #Buckeyes #OSU #OhioStadium #TheHorseshoe #OhioStateFootball #GameDay #B1G #BigTen #Fall #Autumn #MichiganState #MSUvsOSU #ColumbusOhio #Columbus #CarmenOhio #Sports #ScarletAndGray #Beers #FootballWeather #Landscape #Stadium #FootballStadium #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist

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Even as common as they are, I never tire of seeing the gorgeous "berries" or seed cones of the red cedar (Juniperus virginiana). It's a dioecious species with separate male and female trees, so don't be surprised if you find many a red cedar without its attractive fruit. It's also a genuine juniper rather than a cedar as its common name suggests but what's in a name anyway? The glaucous, waxy pale blue seed cones aren't just appealing to my eye but my tastebuds as well. I'm an avid fan of gin and gin's uniquely coniferous flavor comes from the aforementioned seed cones of junipers. Even better and quite appropriate is my gin of choice is 'The Botanist', an exceptionally high quality Scottish spirit. My ancestral homeland may be known for scotch but they sure distill a mean gin!
#Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #InstaPlant #InstaNature #InstaTree #Botany #Dendrology #Tree #Cedar #Juniper #RedCedar #Juniperus #Conifer #SeedCone #Forest #EarlySuccessional #Gin #Ohio #OhioNature #OhioTrees #OhioFlora #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist

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When the cold and dreary weather comes back into my life, I get to soup makin'! A classic I love is slow cooked split pea soup. It will be the perfect thing to have during the big Ohio State v Penn State game after simmering all morning and afternoon. Toss in split peas, ham hocks, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper with vegetable broth and water and you're set! It really thickens up and goes wonderfully with some crusty bread. Can't wait to dive into a bowl in 7-8 hours with a glass of fresh-from-the-orchard apple cider. If only you could experience how amazing the house smells all day, too. And of course let's go Buckeyes!

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It's time to reveal the best life plant I had the pleasure of making acquaintances with during the 2017 botany season. It was an easy decision to have this wildflower be number one as it was one of my most exciting and meaningful of rare plant discoveries in my career thus far. The featherfoil (Hottonia inflata) has been extirpated and unseen in Ohio for over 30 years and thought long lost for our flora. It's a winter annual that is very fickle and finicky about blooming, which makes finding/tracking it even more difficult. Many have looked for it over the decades with no luck. As the fates would have it, I managed to discover a lovely population of it back in late May in a pond in extreme southern Ohio doing its thing and looking great! I can't recall the last time my heart about leaped out of my chest in such a manner as it did: I couldn't believe my eyes. It's such an odd, goofy plant that nothing else comes close to looking like and is rather rare across its range. The feather-like submerged leaves are topped with hollow inflated stems adorned with tiny and inconspicuous white flowers. The cherry on top was the presence of the state-endangered low spearwort (Ranunculus pusillus) occurring at the site as well! Days and discoveries like that are part of why I became a field botanist and do what I love and love what I do. It's definitely a plant few would find attractive but it's the most beautiful thing I saw this year!

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I hope people have enjoyed my top ten countdown to 2017's best life plants as it comes down to the final reveal. I love reminiscing on another great field season with the wildflowers that caused the most emotion and joy! For number two and my penultimate post we travel back to early June and my trip out to southern IL and southeastern MO with @beadlesbarrens. On top of a Missouri mountain lived a plant I'd day dreamed of seeing for years and Roger knew right where to see it. The federally threatened Mead's milkweed (Asclepias meadii) is a fascinating plant with its much larger than normal and lime green/yellow flowers that seem to glow in the sunlight. We found seven plants but only one in perfect flower and it made me giddy as could be. The surrounding scenery was hard to beat, too with phenomenal vista views across the rolling forested mountains from the milkweed's igneous glade home. This rarity is only known from few extant sites in five Midwestern states and an honor to finally lay eyes on. Be sure to check out all five photos, including the last one of the stunning view!

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I've whittled down my top ten list of 2017's best life plants to the last three! This is where the fun really begins if you ask me. I don't think I've ever had an orchid not take at least one of these last three spots and this year is no different with my favorite UP orchid sighting from our 30 species day. It was a long awaited lifer I'd daydreamed of seeing for many years, too! The greater round-leaved orchid (Platanthera macrophylla) looks nearly identical to its close kin the lesser round-leaved orchid (P. orbiculata) at first glance in a photo but seeing it in person and it's instantly clear they're not the same thing at all. Platanthera macrophylla looks like it raided an NFL linebacker's locker and took ever last steroid it could find! This behemoth of an orchid is larger in every regard from its brethren, with nectar spurs twice as long (4+ cm) and basal leaves as large as dinner plates. Unlike the wide ranging lesser round-leaved species, the greater is restricted to the northern Great Lakes region and Northeastern US/Canada. We found a dozen or so plants in bloom in the wooded dunes of the Grand Sable Dunes, including one that was just a monster at nearly two feet tall and 50-60 flowers. It was definitely the highlight of my epic orchid day on the UP last July! It was a decidedly difficult plant to photograph in situ due its color scheme and lighting but I did my best.
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Hitting the halfway point on my countdown of 2017's top ten life plants is lifer number 5 and one of Ohio's rarest of the rare. Getting an Ohio species to make this list grows more uncommon each year as I've seen more and more of our flora, so it's always extra special when one does make the cut. Featured here is the odd and usual glade spurge (Euphorbia purpurea). It's not only rare in Ohio (S1) but globally as well (G3) and only known to occur sparingly at about 50 sites in 8 mid-Atlantic states, with Ohio being an odd westernmost disjunct. Glade spurge grows at two spots at one site in south-central Ohio, both on rich-mesic limestone bluffs above a small dolomite-bottomed stream. The two dozen or so plants in total rarely flower but a few appeared to have tried this season, as evidenced by the orbicular bracts produced at the apex of the stem in the second photo. Despite being a spurge, deer browse is a present and real threat to this plant and it's no surprise our last remnants of it are in such an inaccessible situation. The photos may not be much to look, especially of vegetative-only material but for a botanist, at least this botanist its botanical royalty and a precious member to Ohio's flora. Long may it reign...or at least persist!

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Moving on with this week's countdown of my personal top ten best life plants of 2017 puts us at species number 7. It takes us back to my trip out to Missouri's Taum Sauk mountain and its globally significant igneous glades. There, hundreds of large-flowered fameflower (Phemeranthus calycinus) polka dotted the exposed bedrock with their intense color. It's a succulent plant with charming little fleshy leaves (second photo) and deep pink flowers that only open in the afternoon on sunny days. Hard to believe something so pretty loves a habitat so harsh but they clearly don't mind the heat and drought conditions. I wasn't really expecting to see any and they were a very welcome botanical surprise while out there! I'd love to see the remaining fameflower species throughout the central and southern United States.
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Continuing on with my countdown of 2017's top ten life plants is one thats hardly an aesthetic species and probably one only my most ardent plant followers can get even remotely excited about haha. What number 8 may lack in conspicuous beauty it more than makes up for in rarity and peculiarity. While botanizing an incredible alkaline kettle lake's expansive floating bog in Michigan's UP, my friends and I encountered one of the state's rarest of plants in some moor rush (Juncus stygius). It's known from less than ten extant sites in Michigan, and is overall very rare in the United States. Also known as bog rush, it's a circumboreal species found throughout the northern hemisphere but scarcely makes it south of boreal Canada in North America. Michigan's UP, and northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Maine are the only other extant states for this and it's rare in all of them, too. The white flower is actually pretty damn showy for a rush but the maturing capsules are seen here. Sure, not much to look at but for a rare plant junkie and graminoid-lover like me it's gold! The second photo is a shot of this rush's stunning habitat location.
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Dolly Sods isn't only stunning during the day but at night as well. It hands down has some of the most impressive stars I've seen in the eastern half of the continent. Nights that are crisp and clear combined with the high elevation and low light/air pollution make for an excellent opportunity to stare into the heavens and ponder the mysteries of the universe as the Milky Way swirls overhead. I rarely do nighttime sky photography but like how the two exposures featured here turned out a few falls ago.
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The best thing about Dolly Sods is the countless other amazing sites nearby. The geological wonder that is Champe Rocks is just one option and one of my favorite views in West Virginia. It's along the same razorback ridge of verticalized Tuscarora quartzite as the nearby and more famous Seneca Rocks in the River Knobs. Champe's rocky crags have been chiseled by countless millennia of water, wind and ice to their current gorgeous form and are made only more stunning when ensconced in their autumn's finest.

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Could not have had a better weekend visiting Kara and I's best friend @bonskiis! We hit up the beaches on Topsail Island on Sunday and damn glad we did. The weather was perfect, the Atlantic was rough but felt great, lots of avian wildlife, and man, oh man the seafood restaurant we ate at. Splendid way to cap off an incredible long weekend in North Carolina.
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"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid!" I've shared on here before my love for Lego and Star Wars, so when the two come together I'm rarely more pumped! Last week I was lucky enough to get my hands on the hotly anticipated ultimate collector series Millennium Falcon! I'd waited and saved for this thing for the better part of a year and was beyond stoked it was finally released. It's the largest set Lego has ever made with 7,541 pieces and is about 3' long and 2' wide when built. The thing is a behemoth, the most fun set I've ever built, and about the most beautiful thing I've ever laid eyes on. Needless to say it instantly became the crown jewel of my Lego collection! I've been a Lego and Star Wars geek for decades and will be for decades more and proud of it.
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Along scenic US Route 287 between Rawlins and Lander lies famed Split Rock. This distinctive mountain was a vital landmark for countless pioneers and settlers as they made their way west on the Oregon trail and fur trappers/explorers before them. Split Rock's characteristic 'gun sight' notch and majestic granite formation rises some 1,000' above the sagebrush prairie landscape with the Sweetwater River flowing past its base. Pioneers and wagon trains continued west from Split Rock along the Sweetwater to its source near South Pass and their cross over the continental divide.
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A favorite moment of mine while out in the Wind River Range with my dad and younger brother a couple years ago was the first evening at our first campsite. As we finished making camp we noticed the colorful sunset being produced and scrambled up the hillside and up onto a rocky bluff that overlooked the nearby lake (where I encountered the moose I shared earlier) and surrounding landscape. The view was stunning and one of the most serene and peaceful experiences of the entire trip. Yet another instance where a photo can't come close to giving the moment or view justice... #Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #InstaNature #InstaLandscape #Landscape #LandscapePhotography #Sunset #SkyPorn #InstaSunset #Lake #Reflection #VistaView #Mountains #WindRiverRange #Wyoming #Summer #Camping #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist

While fly fishing a river in a nearby basin's sagebrush steppe landscape, I came across this unique wildflower. I didn't have a clue what it was at first and it took me ages to finally figure out its identity. Looking at photos of ten-petaled eveningstar (Mentzelia decapetala) in bloom shows a much different flower with wide open petals and a stunning appearance. Thing is, as the name suggests, it only opens in the evenings. During the day its flowers are folded up in the tubular form I saw and didn't match up what I was seeing initially in my wildflower books/websites. It was a pretty maddening ID I'm thankful to have worked out. I'd love to see its fully open form one of these days!
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