Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pill Bug's Vacation

Still too busy to post anything sensible here but I keep rushing outside with the camera to enjoy this amazing time of year. I wish my camera had a manual focus but at least it has a decent macro setting allowing me to imagine living inside a peony or taking a vacation, as a pill bug might, in the shade of this palm tree. I could dip my tiny toes into these dew cups.

Thank you Zoe for sharing your grandmother's story that fairies live in peony flowers. Sounds like she would have been a friend for my grandmother. (How funny that my camera is an elph!)

I don't know what this is but it is growing in an old plant pot in my garden.


  1. What a lovely vacation! I'm off for a couple of weeks before the summer teaching session starts and I'm spending it in the garden. I can't imagine a better vacation--especially with the weather we're having.

  2. Wow, what an amazing photo! Wonder if it's some kind of liverwort? (Not a hepatica---those creeping things with the prothalluses, more like slime molds, I guess. Maybe liverwort isn't the right name...)

  3. Well done Ben! A quick googling shows that this is a liverwort. Possible a female gametangia. I will try to keep it alive by keeping it in the shade. I wonder how much water it needs.