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Patterns IV

tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱
January 10, 2019

Time for favorite patterns as in these past threads...


Patterns II

Patterns III

I'll start with a few bromeliads...

Billbergia hybrid

Orthophytum hybrid

Aechmea fasciata

...and a bit of fauna...

Spicebush Swallowtail

If you've a notion to ID something, this test is a bit unfair. I have no pic of it during the salad days of summer so one may need to be a prophet to tell what these seeds turn into.

They stood over six foot tall by fall and this pic is after it was beaten up by birds going for the seeds...

Lets see those patterns.


Comments (41)

  • macranthos

    Patterns are always fun. Your no Id might be a big rumex: the seeds look familiar.

  • macranthos






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  • tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱

    Very nice, as always mac.

    A few more...

    Simple sunflower

    and a little closer.

    A bit of Thalictrum

    Climbing Hydrangea

    Let's see, there's a gaggle of geese, is this a cupboard of silphium?

    ...or a plethora of petiolaris?


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  • peren.all Zone 5a Ontario Canada

    tj this has become an annual event that I so look forward to. Thank you! Wonderful pics everyone!

    Flower pattern on fungi.

    Iris s. Ruffled Velvet - so many patterns & colours.

    Iris s. Snow Queen simple but elegant I think.

    Lilium philadelphicum I think. Full of speckles & shadows.

    Lobelia cardinalis

    Great Spangled Fritillary

    GSF with pattern on reverse.

    Monarch on Vernonia.

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  • macranthos

    Bombus on... name that plant?

    Campanula incurva
    Sarracenia flava ornata
    Asclepias exaltata
    Lichen on split rail fence
    Dunno... name that plant? Blooming in June at an old fort down by Corvallis.
    Iris bracteata
    Cypripedium californicum
    Triteleia hyacinthiana and Allium acuminatum? I don’t remember which Allium it is.

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  • maackia

    What a visual feast this is — thank you!

    Darlingtonia californica. I have no idea if this pic is appropriate, so please forgive me if I’m a bit obtuse for showing it.

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  • floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

    Do these count? Christmas gift from someone who knows me well.

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  • StevePA6a

    cyclamen coum

    symphytum 'Axminster Gold"

    I have no idea...

    maple stump fungus

    athyrium otophorum

    arisaema thunbergii

    acanthus spinosus

    fun stuff

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  • StevePA6a


    cyclamen coum

    symphytum 'Axminster Gold'

    maple stump fungus

    athyrium otophorum

    arisaema thunbergii

    fun stuff!

  • peren.all Zone 5a Ontario Canada

    So nice Steve! Your unknown is something I have never seen before but I believe it is Multiclavula mucida. Love it.

  • macranthos

    Viburnum tinus

    And V x bodnantense is already opening...

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  • StevePA6a

    Sorry for the repeats, Houzz posting problems.

    Thanks peren.all, that certainly looks like my unknown.

  • peren.all Zone 5a Ontario Canada

    Boy do I live in the wrong climate. mac the fact that V. x bodnantense is opening up speaks to that.

    Bee on Allium tuberosum - a pollinator magnet for all.

    Wing pattern

    Variation in sun

    This baby Hummingbird was fine but mom gave it heck for being on the ground.

    Feather pattern so different from baby.

    Asclepias t.

    Trillium luteum leaf.

    Tricyrtus hirta

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  • party_music50

    These are gorgeous photos! I can add these :)

    Swallowtail caterpillar on dill:


    And some of my favorite hostas. :)

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  • macranthos

    These pictures are all reminding me how much I miss the spring.... soon enough. Except for Peren who will be in the winter for the next 4 months. It hasn’t actually gone below freezing here this year at all. We’ve had a couple frosts, but the banana at my work is still completely unfazed. This follows three summers of the hottest summer on record. I’d take a bit of snow at this point.

    On a walk today.

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  • Jay 6a Chicago

    For fatamorgana who pointed out the fish scale/milkweed similarity. Haven't seen you in a while, hope you are well, best wishes!

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  • chuckerfly

    Some orchids

    Haworthia flowers

    and the plant

    Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

    Pachyphytum compactum, I like the geometric lines

    Kalanchoe tomentosa

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  • tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱

    Great pix, everyone, thanks.

    As for my mystery plant, I think Dr. Seuss did something on it. "Hortensis Hears a Who".

    Never enough pix, never enough pollen...

    'Inaba Shidare' up close.

    Iris pallida

    Poppy 'Lauren's Grape'


  • peren.all Zone 5a Ontario Canada

    tj glad to see our fearless leader back! After "feeding" us another clue I think your mystery plant may be Atriplex hortensis.

    Gorgeous moth on Astrantia.

    Orgyria antiqua

    Dragonfly catching the light.

    Anaphalis margaritacea


    El Desperado

    Voodoo Dancer

    Phlox p. Mystic Green

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  • tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱

    Yes, peren, it is indeed Atriplex hortensis. Or... Orach (salad days) 'Oracle' (Prophet).


  • NHBabs z4b-5a NH

    That makes sense - it looks a bit like Amaranthus gone to seed, and they are related.

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  • peren.all Zone 5a Ontario Canada

    I wish more people would join in to keep this going. It is -32 C with the windchill that's -25.6 F brrrr. I do have things to do outside but for now....

    L. Valentine

    D. cucullaria

    E. v. Sulphureum


    Platycodon Hakone Blue

    Pulmonaria - back with more later.

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  • macranthos

    Very nice peren. That does seem a bit chilly. I can’t even imagine what that feels like... I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere colder than -5F, and not since I was a kid. It still hasn’t gone below 30F here with no forecast to, so here are some photos from yesterday of all 4 seasons:




    Only a tiny shred of summer is left in a Shasta daisy I found. Not worth posting...

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  • shaxhome

    So strange to hear complaints about the cold weather! Here in Oz it's the opposite.

    "It was 48.9C last Tuesday in Port Augusta,
    South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests makes solar
    power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes
    at night to test the concrete before letting the dogs out. “People tend
    to stay at home,” she said. “They don’t walk around when it’s like

    It’s easy to see why: in the middle of the day it takes seconds to
    blister a dog’s paw or child’s foot. In Mildura, in northern Victoria,
    last week gardeners burned their hands when they picked up their tools,
    which had been left in the sun at 46C. Fish were dying in the rivers.

    Almost every day last week a new heat record was broken in Australia.
    They spread out, unrelenting, across the country, with records broken
    for all kinds of reasons – as if the statistics were finding an infinite
    series of ways to say that it was hot..."


    Now that I've had my moan about that, I've gone back to my files and dug out some older pics, many from Bhutan and some from Oz. I know some are "weedy", but beauty is where you find it...

    And I assume that we all know that clicking on any pic enlarges it to show more detail?

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  • shaxhome

    There appears to be a limit to the number of pics per thread, so I'll take this opportunity to bore you guys some more...

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  • jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)

    Same here. I like the moths and butterflies.

    Buck moth

    Maybe a Catocala caterpillar

    Cecropia moth

    Gold-banded Skipper Butterfly

    Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly

    Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

    Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

    Common Buckeye Butterfly

    Angulose Prominent Moth

    Fiery Skipper Butterfly

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  • jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)

    And a few more ……..

    Common Tan Wave Moth

    Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

    Creole Pearl-eye Butterfly

    Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia Moth) caterpillar

    Leonard's Skipper Butterfly

    Little Satyr Wood Butterfly

    Mottled Prominent Moth

    Mourning Cloak Butterfly

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  • shaxhome

    Can't forget my beautiful shingle-back lizards. They have a pattern too, no?

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  • windberry

    How plants are doing in that terrible heat shaxhome? Those in gardens, in the fields, in the wild? We, people can always find a shelter to protect us from extreme weather, they can't.
    How about animals? I recently stumbled upon the article about bats dying by thousands in Australia's heat, too https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46859000 I am afraid it is not only fish and bats.

  • shaxhome

    Ah, Windberry. I live 0n 100 acres of native bushland. I'd estimate I've lost 200 mature trees to the drought so far. Their bark peels back and then the trunks split from top to bottom. I'm talking 30' to 60' trees here.

    My 10-15 year old fruit trees are mostly dead. Apples, cherries, lemons, oranges. I've given up on growing vegetables these last 3 years. They literally bake in the ground. Every day before and after work, I fill small troughs with rainwater (all I have, as I live off-grid) for the kangaroos and birds. They'd drink more if I had it, but I'm running out of water myself now.

    I pick up dozens of dead micro-bats every weekend. It's relentless, heartless weather. Talk about the frog in a pot slowly coming to the boil. Only this isn't so slow...

  • shaxhome

    Our koalas don't drink water, and avoid human contact wherever possible. They get their hydration from the juicy leaves they eat.

    However...So Thirsty

  • party_music50

    I love the patterns in our local terrain. These were taken in Sep a few years ago, after we finally had rain at the end of a summer with drought.

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  • jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)

    And more butterflies and moths

    Pearl Crescent Butterfly

    Pink-striped Oakworm Moth

    Red Admiral Butterfly

    Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

    Reversed Haploa Moth

    also a Reversed Haploa Moth

    Rosy Maple Moth

    Silvery Checkerspot Butterflies on dung - they bite, too

    Skipper Butterfly

    Small-eyed Sphynx Moth

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  • jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)

    Final group of butterflies and moths

    Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

    Spotted Apatelodes Moth Caterpillar

    Spotted Apatelodes Moth Caterpillar legs

    Sweetfern Geometer Moth

    Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

    Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar with head pulled in to scare me off

    Whit-marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar

    Zabulon Skipper Moth

    Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

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  • peren.all Zone 5a Ontario Canada

    So happy to see more joining in!

    Thanks mac. You lead a charmed life weather wise. To add to the "fun" yesterday the power went out for about 6 hrs. It is a good thing I heat with a wood stove as well as propane.

    shaxhome I wish our weather could even out between the two of us. I would happily give up some of my cold to off set your dreadful heat. We actually do get to 40 the odd time if you include the humidity. In our summer the humidity plays a large role.

    Gorgeous pics all! jekeesl I enjoy photographing moths & butterflies too. I had no idea any butterflies bit.

    The closed wings of a Red Admiral.

    So many patterns in this dragonfly.

    Tree frog - one of my favorite critters.


    Rheum p. Atrosanguineum breaking ground.


    The very common Agriope aurantia.

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  • tsugajunkie z5 SE WI ♱

    Man, those were some great additions by you folks. Thanks.


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