Pedagogy of the Plants

Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

Tiny Truffala

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Mimosa strigillosa

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 27, 2020 at 7:24 am

Vernal Purple Invader

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Wisteria 2 (1)

Wisteria sinensis

Wisteria 1 (1)

Wisteria sinensis

Written by Cameron Brooks

March 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm


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Taraxacum officinale


Kalanchoe daigremontiana


Portulaca oleracea


Succulents and dandelions reclaim sandy soil from a tired, cracking tennis court. In the words of author Richard Powers, “There’s always as much belowground as above.”

Nantahala National Forest Pollinator Party

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Written by Cameron Brooks

September 1, 2019 at 5:40 pm

Kudzu Bloom

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Pueraria lobata


Pueraria lobata

Written by Cameron Brooks

September 1, 2019 at 9:19 am

Flamboyant Tree

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Delonix regia

Antigua locals call this tree “chuk chuk” due to the sound the seed pod makes when used as a rhythmic musical instrument.

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 16, 2019 at 12:30 pm


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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Click here for buttonbush photos taken over 1,700 miles away from the one featured above.

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 16, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Beach Morning Glory

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Ipomea pes-caprae


Summer Storm Over Ormond Beach

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2019 at 11:58 am

Pink Invader

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Albizia julibrissin

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 17, 2019 at 10:49 am

Hairy White Oldfield Aster

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Symphyotrichum pilosum

One Groovy Orchid

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Paphiopedilum lowii

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 16, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Evening Primrose, Oenothera macrocarpa

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July 8, 2016 at 8:11 pm

American Trout Lily, Erythronium americanum

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Hikers flock to Raven Cliff Falls Trail for the rush of falling water, but a trip in early April offers subtler beauty along the way.


Since ninety-nine percent of trout lily plants are non-flowering, the illusive perennials pictured above are one-percenters thriving in the mountains of White County.

May Day Flurries

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A flurry of cottonwood seeds occupy an entrance to the North Oconee River Greenway.




Buttonbush Pollination

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Cephalanthus occidentalis Pollination


A year ago this month I discovered a white, spherical flower growing beside a narrow creek. Seven months later I bought a used kayak, and now I meet buttonbush all the time along lakes and rivers.


Lake Hartwell Island Cephalanthus occidentalis


Mountain Laurel, Kalmia latifolia

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Mountain Laurel 1


Mountain Laurel 2


Mountain Laurel 3


Written by Cameron Brooks

July 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

Lofton Creek

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Lofton Creek Black Water Mirror


Aquatic wanderlust began developing around puberty. Oblivious to the primordial black water flow beneath Highway A1A, my friends and I started crossing the bridge over Lofton Creek in 1992. A couple older brothers with cars finally convinced us devout skaters to give surfing a go, so whenever waves broke on Amelia Island, we loaded up the surfboards at the crack of dawn and piled into Bill’s orange VW Vanagon (with the pop top camper), or Gabe’s brown Buick Station Wagon (with our favorite rear-facing “way back seat” to make faces at cars behind us). Fugazi’s “Repeater,” or Bob Marley’s “Legend” blared from open windows while we envisioned rare perfect waves at the end of the familiar 40 minute car ride. Bleary-eyed, we noticed little else along the way.

Landlocked in North Georgia now for almost two decades, I surf only a few times a year, but kayaking has become the surrogate sport. After a few hundred trips across the same bridge, Lofton Creek (not the Atlantic) was the first destination when I migrated home to the coast this summer.


Spanish Moss Covered Cypress


Paddlers slip boats down the Melton Nelson Boat Ramp into a prehistoric world (more so once out of earshot from highway traffic). Many of the haunting spanish moss draped cypress trees that give the tannic water its signature sweet tea hue are over 500 years old. Paddle north to meet a cypress that’s been growing for over 2,000 years.


Pickerel Weed Flower


Viridescent pickerelweed clumps subtly announce narrow entrances to Lofton Creek’s labyrinth (where wayward paddlers easily get lost).



Pickerelweed and Cardinal Flower


A sole cardinal flower rises above pickerelweed.


Lofton Creek Sound Cloud


Southbound, the hardwood forest gradually transitions into salt marsh soundclouds.


Mirrored Lofton Creek


Canopy submits to blue sky.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Estival Starts

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Sunflower Start

Sprouted from fallen kernels, two young sunflowers occupy the southwest corner of the vegetable bed among okra and Thai red pepper comrades. Welcome.

Solanum Starts

The first tomatoes appear mid-June amidst hopes of an extended growing season (likely, if this winter’s as mild as last).

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Oxalis Sips

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Hold on.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Premature Cornus florida

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Written by Cameron Brooks

April 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm