SMBO 2015 – 27

Hello Stalkers! Welcome to the twenty-seventh installment of Stalking Mike Blair Outdoors. We are right in the middle of summer and we know some of you are experiencing triple digit weather. While we always encourage you to explore outside and investigate the wildlife around you, we want to caution you to do so safely! Avoid times of the day when the sun (and the heat) peaks, always wear sunscreen, remember to reapply and drink lots and lots of water. Dehydration and heat stroke are real dangers when out and about, please be careful.

Now that’s taken care of. While you’re out exploring, taking a relaxing walk and enjoying your summer, you’ve probably noticed the abundance of colorful foliage. Wildflowers are one of nature’s best features this time of year. Bright colors and unique flowers spot the prairie and other areas. We’re going to explore a few of the species that Blair has come across in his adventures.

Beefsteak Plant (Perilla frutescens)

beefsteak plant perilla frutescens 1 beefsteak plant perilla frutescens 2

 

Black Samson echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia)

Blacksamson echinacea 1

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Cardinal flower 1

Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

catalpa 1

Evening Primrose (Oenothera drummondii)

evening primrose 1

Four-Point Evening Primrose (Oenothera clelandii)

four point evening primrose 1

Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)

henbit 1

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja)

Indian Paintbrush 1

Milkweed (Asclepias)

Milkweed 1

Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)

plains coreopsis 1

Rock Pink – Fame Flower (Phemeranthus calycinus)

Rockpink Fameflowers 1

Speedwell – Gypsyweed (Veronica)

speedwell 2

speedwell 1

Spiderworts (Tradescantia)

Spiderworts 1

Spiderworts 2

Spiderworts 3

Sunflower (Helianthus)

sunflower 1

Bush Morning Glory (Ipomoea leptophylla)

wild bush morning glory 1

Prickly Pear (Opuntia)

prickly pear 1

Cluster Barrel Cactus

cactus 1

Silky Prairie Clover (Dalea villosa)

Silky Prairie Clover 1

Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)

male cottonwood 1

Black-eyed Susans, Upright Prairies, Mexican Hats, Purple Coneflowers

Black-eyed Susans, Upright Prairie, Mexican Hat, Purple coneflowers

So there’s a basic guide for your summer adventures. Perhaps you won’t feel as lost when gazing and enjoying the brilliant colors of the season. Would you like more information? Mike has a wonderful DVD about wildflowers. Check it out here: Wildflower DVD