These dramatic yucca seedpods are a sample of the wildflowers and nature photos I’m posting on Instagram @NewMexicoWildflowers
This summer I’ve started posting at Instagram. The topic matter is New Mexico wildflowers, and that is the name of the feed–@NewMexicoWildflowers.
You can enjoy iPhone photos of the delightful spots of floral color that I find on my daily walks and hikes through the New Mexico high desert. From time to time, I’ll also be sharing wildflowers and plants seen on my travels and other natural wonders seen in New Mexico and farther afield.
The motto and theme for this Instagram project is, “Mostly wildflowers. Mostly New Mexico. All natural.”
Could this be a coral root orchid? Enquiring minds want to know!
This unusual looking plant was growing by the side of the Bridle Trail in the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It’s just under a foot tall, and is leafless with a dark red, subtly striped stalk.
I can hardly wait to find out what it is!
I immediately thought it might be a coral root orchid. Unfortunately, the seed capsules are roundish, and the two coral roots in Arizona have ovalish seed capsules. I sent in a photo to one of the rangers, who had said she would pass the information on to one of the botany specialists on staff.
If you have an inkling as to which species this might be, please drop me a line in the comment box! 🙂
For this series of landscape sketches, I returned to the slightly “naive” style I’ve used in earlier travel sketches—loose watercolor sketches defined with pen and ink lines and marks.
There are 2 botanical sketches in the gallery: One is rendered in color pencil, the other is color washes with pen. Both were made at the side of some of the main trails in the park! It just goes to show you that you can find interesting things right under your nose, if you’ll only take the time to look carefully. 🙂