Posts about Plants

The Jordan River’s Journey to the Great Salt Lake

The Jordan River’s Journey to the Great Salt Lake

The cry of seagulls, clamor of crows, and the trill of red-winged blackbirds cradle my consciousness as I walk the expanse of the wetland.  Reflections of cattails and clouds are mirrored in the dappled ponds as I implore the flow of the Jordan River delta....

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What is Changing?

What is Changing?

As Aspen trees valiantly change colors and lose their leaves, I notice my curiosity stirring in shades of yellow. The golden glow of autumn leaves is due to the presence of carotenoids, pigments that assist in photosynthesis.  Carotenoids are yellow, orange, or...

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Milky Oats & Inner Peace

Milky Oats & Inner Peace

    Harvesting milky oats is one of the most satisfying forms of gardening I know of!  I like to take a light, yet firm hold of the stem (about a quarter of the way down, just where the oats begin to show themselves) and slide my hand up the stem...

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Desert in Bloom

Desert in Bloom

  Bouquets and arrays of wildflowers dazzled the desert landscape as we drove down Fuller Bottom Road on our way to the put in on the San Rafael River in June.  We saw a solid orange glow of Globe mallow in one area, multiple colors of flowering cacti,...

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Learning From Nature/Biomimicry

Learning From Nature/Biomimicry

   Peas feel their way through life as they reach for a hold, lash on, and reach onward to the next hold.  What can we learn from them?    Tropism is the “movement” of plants in a direction due to external stimuli.    Thigmotropism is the growth of plants...

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What mantra are you whispering to the universe?

What mantra are you whispering to the universe?

   The ring of daffodils around the tree in our front yard, the opening of the penetrating red emperor tulip, and the polyester bees delicately hovering about signaled the herald of spring today!  After a long winter with more than usual snow fall, many of us here in...

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