August is upon us and with it brings not only the hum of Dog Day Cicadas (Tibicen canicularis), but fabulous summer flowers and the bugs who love them. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) has kindly allowed me to use it as a model in many of the following shots.
Wednesday evening, July 27, at Reeves-Reed Arboretum
For a week straight we all suffered from high heat and humidity. Staff, visitors and even the flowers in the gardens seem to move and sway in a slow motion stupor. Yet, at 7 pm Wednesday evening, July 27, with 250 people gathered at the Arboretum, as the chords of Val Vigoda’s electric violin sounded, the grounds of the Arboretum suddenly awakened. Dancers elegantly moved from the uppe...
They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em
-Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi
We don't charge people to see the trees at Reeves-Reed Arboretum (although a dollar and a half seems pretty cheap). We really are a tree museum, though. I mention that for two reasons – first of all, we have some really cool trees and plants here, and we're adding to the coll...