Bryan's Posts About Botany

The Naked Signs of Spring

Reporting from the American South, I bring you vultures, violets and hints of springtime.

Cheating Death

A moth, a carnivorous plant, a Barbara Kingsolver novel and its cover illustration launch me on a journey of natural history and mistaken identity.

Flowers and Light

New research on butterfly evolution helps explain the force that drove these insects from the darkness into the light.

What’s Next: Green Alert

The slow-motion spring across the northern forest now moves into a season of diversity, abundance and flight.

A Bog in Bloom

On an Atlantic White Cedar Bog in Maine yesterday, I did not find Hessel’s Hairstreak. But that’s okay. I turned my lens instead toward plants.

YELLOW ALERT

The gradual outbreak of spring across northern forests this year — more reluctant than most any I can remember — now brings us to peak yellow.

What’s Next: Warblers

I am grateful that the leaves are taking their time arriving this spring. That’s because the warblers are coming. Well, actually, the warblers are already here. So please see them — now.

RED ALERT

Across much of the eastern U.S and adjoining Canada, springtime begins not so much with a blast of green but rather a display in 50 shades of red. Here is your super-bloom (and lesson in gender identity) from Red Maples.

What’s Next – Earth Day Edition

An Earth Day Weekend celebration of what’s flying or simply growing here in the American Southeast, plus what’s next in the north.

Montpelier Goes Wild

Spring Salamander and Summer Azure. Lesser Purple-fringed Orchid and Greater Celandine. Pineapple-Weed and Chocolate Tube Slime Mold. They were all among the more than a thousand living things we discovered here in Montpelier this past weekend.

Check Out These Checkerspots

Thaddeus William Harris might have liked this series of images, including a mating pair of Harris’ Checkerspots and the female’s eggs on her host plant, Flat-topped Aster.

A Snail’s-Eye View in the Hardwoods

If you walk the hardwood trails too fast, you will miss one of our most elegant flowers of spring.