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...places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike. - John Muir, The Yosemite (1912)

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“Destiny guides our fortunes more favorably than we could have expected. Look there, Sancho Panza, my friend, and see those thirty or so wild giants, with whom I intend to do battle and kill each and all of them, so with their stolen booty we can begin to enrich ourselves. This is nobel, righteous warfare, for it is wonderfully useful to God to have such an evil race wiped from the face of the earth." "What giants?" Asked Sancho Panza. "The ones you can see over there," answered his master, "with the huge arms, some of which are very nearly two leagues long." "Now look, your grace," said Sancho, "what you see over there aren't giants, but windmills, and what seems to be arms are just their sails, that go around in the wind and turn the millstone." "Obviously," replied Don Quijote, "you don't know much about adventures.” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Yeah, one of my favorite flowers for sure (blowout penstemon, endemic to the Sandhills in Nebraska, is my favorite).The ecology of penstemon probably contributes to species richness. They are prolific seed producers, and specialize in nutrient poor or disturbed habitat niches. There is some research suggesting that penstemon are ideal for restoration in degraded or recently burned prairie and sagebrush. So the plants put a lot of energy into seed production, and are relatively short-lived, so you have more generations of penstemon constantly reproducing, contributing to increasing genetic variation. Kind of like how bacteria evolve very rapidly - the more rapidly and prolifically an organism reproduces, the more genetic variation will occur.

Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59.

The bumblebee might a bombus baltealtus, but wouldn't it be cool if it were bombus frigidus?! That would be a rare sighting. The bicolor dusky beardtongue is neat too - usually all purple.

This is fantastic. It reminds me of the Fults Hill Prairie near me in Illinois, which is a rare never-plowed prairie because it's on the Mississippi River bluff and sloped quite a bit (also loess). These places are beautiful and treasures. I'm glad this one is preserved.

We have been looking for land to buy along Waubonsie creek. If anyone knows who might sell a few acres give me a shout!

Nice photo, although too much pavement in the front. ~+~+~+~ LIKE! / GEFÄLLT MIR! ~+~+~+~+~ Jürgen grüßt Dich aus Frankfurt am Main / Jürgen says hello from Frankfurt-upon-Main (Germany)

And Google, keep your hands off Panoramio!!!! - Und Google, Hände weg von Panoramio!!!!

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