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Your photos: mushroom hunt

Morel mushroom find

Morel mushroom find

Carrie Gralund of Anamosa sent in this photo of her son, Ayden, age 5.  “We were mushroom hunting on Sunday and found only one.  Our son was pretty pleased,” Carrie said.

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Your photos – springtime heralds and new additions!

New photos today! Laurie Vulich shots these wildflowers during a walk along the trails at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids on this warm spring day.

 

Wildflowers shot at the Indian Creek Nature Center.

Wildflowers shot at the Indian Creek Nature Center.

 

 

Bloodroot in bloom

Bloodroot in bloom

 

 Intrepid photographer and Linn County Master Gardener, Jay McWherter, sent in these photos shot at the Noelridge Park Greenhouse open house in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on April 11…  

 

 

Close-up of an orchid

Close-up of an orchid

Passion flower

Passion flower

 

 

Tulips

Tulips

If you have photos you’d like to share, send to: cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com

Include information about the subject and where and when it was shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your photos: Rite of Spring

For Stravinsky fans, Le Sacre du Printemps…

 

Spring officially begins Friday, March 20, and Jay McWherter, a master gardener and master composter from Cedar Rapids, sent these flower photos to get everyone in the springtime spirit. If you have plant photos or others you’d like to share, attach them in an email and send to: cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com

Please include where they were shot and a little bit about what the pictures show. I’ll post as many as I can to “Your Photos.”

 

Blue columbine

Blue columbine

 

 

 

 

 

Bleeding heart

Bleeding heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack-in-the-pulpit

Jack-in-the-pulpit

 

 

 

 

 

Tulips

Tulips

 

 

 

 

 

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Your photos – ice, ice baby

   Jay McWherter, a Linn County Master Gardener and Master Composter, sent in these photos he shot after a big ice storm last year at his northwest Cedar Rapids home. If you have photos you’d like to share, send an email to cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com

   Please include your name, something about the picture and where it was shot.

 

    

Ice-coated crabapples

Ice-coated crabapples

 

 

 

 

Ice-coated sedum

Ice-coated sedum

 

 

 

Ice-coated birdhouses

Ice-coated birdhouses

 

Tree branches

Tree branches

Pine cones

Pine cones

"man, this snow's deep!"

Snow-covered squirrel: "man, this snow's deep!"

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Winter dragonfly

Photo courtesy of Midwest Flying Services, Inc., and Judy Hemphill Photography © All rights reserved

Photo courtesy of Midwest Flying Services, Inc., and Judy Hemphill Photography © All rights reserved

Pat Blake of University Hygienic Laboratory sent in this photo from the 2009 Winter Games at the Iowa Lakeside Lab Centennial Jubilee, with this from the photographer:

” A dragonfly on ice kicks off the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Centennial Jubilee, with the second annual ArtsLIVE People’s Project, designed by Chad Branham and photographed by Judy Hemphill.  The big bug flew in the face of a cold winter day to create an eco art project that left only footsteps behind.”

The art project, on the ice of West Lake Okoboji, created the giant image of a dragonfly to raise environmental awareness.

 

 

 

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“Looks like jalapenos”

   My son, Brennan, planted this Spanish Flag vine from seed he found at the Oakhill Jackson community garden party earlier this year. The community garden that was planted in southeast Cedar Rapids, like much else in that neighborhood, unfortunately succumbed to flooding. But happily, the seeds sown elsewhere thrived.  The foliage of this plant reminded me of sweet potatoes when it first was growing. Brennan said the flower “looks like jalapenos,” an apt description.

   From what I’ve found, Spanish flag, (botanical name: Mina lobata) is an annual vine that grows in full sun and well-drained soil. Brennan’s was planted under a tree, so he must have the right touchJ

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