Monday, August 17, 2009


That's an odd name, isn't it? Pilewort, Erechtites hieraciifolia, distilled to its essential oil, is used to treat hemorrhoids. So, I guess it makes sense. But why it has a synonym of Fireweed might make me feel a bit concerned about its application...

Going in another direction, here's a glimpse of a dragonfly in action. It's my first try at macro movie making, slow motion editing, and working with Vimeo.

On Sunday I sadly bid goodbye to my fine neighbors, Jim and Jill. Long time readers will remember Jim--he helped me get maple blossoms shots back in early spring. Best of luck in your new home, folks. You've been great neighbors! :-)

And lastly, this weekend for a real treat I visited a couple of botanical art exhibits:
NESBA Flowers Of Summer
Sarah Roche at Paul Pratt Memorial Library
I am a huge fan of botanical art and am so amazed by the work of artists. For interested locals, both exhibits are running through the month of August.


  1. VERY funny opening paragraph... makes me wonder what they make "Boudreaux's Butt Paste" out of... yup, it's a real product- found right on the shelves of our local pharmacy! Ok, like you said, "going in another direction...." :-)
    What a great little video- I must say that I never knew that dragonflies moved and twisted their heads like that- fascinating!!
    And what a treat for you to have seen those botanical art exhibits- do you know about this website?
    It's one of my favorites; enjoy!

  2. This weed must be the butt of many a joke. ;-)

    Yes, I'm on the ArtPlantae mailing list. Thanks! :-) I liked the exhibits so much that I may revisit this weekend.