a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Friday, July 11, 2014

For Alex...

I first met Alex a hundred years ago when he became my good-natured adversary.  I would post a picture of a bird, a butterfly or a plant.  Alex would jokingly ask, "But what KIND is it?"  I think he knew I was a person who had to answer any question.  I worked hard identifying what creature or plant was going to be in my post. We bantered back and forth.  I discovered he is author of at least three books and is a well-rounded happy family man with a similar sense of humor.  We both like to play with words.

This post is for you, dear Alex.  Bet you would've had to look them up too!
A Mormon Metalmark or Apodemia mormo
enjoying a meal of pollen on purple cone flower
or Echinacea purpurea  .
Rose of Sharon bush or Hibiscus syriacus.
Photinus Coleoptera
or Lightning Bug or Firefly.
Their light is used to attract mates or meals.
Pterophylla camellifolia  or Katydid 
sitting on Plantago major or Plantian
Leopard frog or Lithobates sphenocephalus
sitting on tire (Good Year)
with Johnson Grass and Virginia Creeper.

Happy Friday, Alex!!!
I am open to correction if I've named anything wrong.

11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gail, you just put s smile on my face! That is hilarious. You got all the facts which is really impressive. Thank you, my friend.
Now, when were all those photos taken...?

Sandra said...

HA HA HO HO HE HE.. love this. I like that frog and SO GLAD you indemnified that tire for us. LOL

Sandra said...

seems Alex is making you work.. gotta love the internet.. think of the work if you had to look through a book

Lynne said...

Delightful . . . right down to the Goodyear tire!

TexWisGirl said...

too funny. he's a really smart-a**. :)

Country Gal said...

LOL ! Awesome post and photos ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

Farm Girl said...

What lovely photos and all of the names.
I am glad you did name them all. :)

Linda Kay Christensen said...

That leopard frog is pretty strange, and I can't even pronounce the name! Looks like the tire has had some wear. Thanks for your hard work!

gld said...

I am like Alex, I like to know what I am seeing. Years ago when I first began to garden I read an article in "Fine Gardening" magazine about learning the botanical name for plants since that is the only correct way to identify them. I took it to heart.

I am bad with butterflies, but I bought a book.......

Saucy Kodz said...

Funny, Smart n good STUFF to know :)

Sandy said...

Nicely done! These are great pictures and properly name flowers, and critters. Alex, Gail did a wonderful job..............I give this post an A++

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