Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Forrrrre Your Rehearsal

Alright, please excuse the ridiculously cliche title of this post, I thought it was cute.... because I am corny like that!
If you are trying to change things up for your rehearsal dinner, why not tee off for a round of mini golf? Your guests will enjoy the casual atmosphere and you take relief some stress prior to your wedding day!
You can also combine a BBQ meal, your favorite food, or maybe a big ole' comfort food buffett.
Bridesmaids vs. Groomsmen is always a fun rilvary! Girls vs. Boys?
Have fun with it, make it your own - and you will never be disappointed!

Falconry Blogs

Falconry is the ancient art of training raptors (hawks and falcons) for sport. The "sport" involves training the birds to fly from the hand in pursuit of their natural prey. In the United States, falconers and the sport of falconry is rigidly controlled by regulations issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hundreds of books have been written on the subject of falconry. Given the continued worldwide popularity of falconry, it’s not surprising that a "community" of bloggers is writing about the topic. Here’s a list of 23 such blogs I have encountered in the last couple of months (there are undoubtedly many more):
  • Abby (TX)
  • Accipitrarius Sordidatus
  • Another Falconry Blog (CO)
  • Aquiling (OK)
  • As the Falcon, Her Bells (OK)
  • Biggio (TX)
  • Bird Lovers 101 (GA)
  • Caveat Lepus (WA)
  • Dartmoor Hawking (Devon, UK)
  • Falcon Fever (Czech Republic)
  • Falconer on the Edge (NY)
  • Falconry in the Valley of the Mississippi (LA)
  • Flyover Country (NE)
  • Fretmarks
  • Harris’ Hawk Blog (NC)
  • Hawks and Hijinks (FL)
  • Iowafalconer’s Falconry Blog (IA)
  • Joe Atkinson’s Eagle Journal
  • Ladyhawker – On Sabbatical (WI)
  • Little Mews on the Prairie (OK)
  • My Adventures in Falconry (WA)
  • Nevada Falconry (NV)
  • Norfolk Falconry (Norfolk, UK)
  • Operation Delta Duck (CA)
  • Operation Desert Dove (CA)
  • Raptor Barn (ID)
  • Woodlands Falconry (County Carlow, Ireland)
  • Last revised: 4/5/09.

    Bowling Rehearsal Dinner!

    Yesterday we talked about a Rock Band Rehersal, another fun idea for your rehearsal dinner could be a bowling alley! Treat  your guests to Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Beer, Nacho's, and all of the bowling they can handle!

    Talk about fun times! Everyone loves to let loose and bowl, even if you stink, like me!

    So when you are considering what to do for your rehearsal dinner, think of fun past times - things the whole family can enjoy!

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Rockin' Rehearsal Dinner!

    Question: Who says your rehearsal dinner has to be a stuffy event, with pomp and circumstance?

    Answer: No one!

    Why not have a HUGE Rock Band Rehearsal, cater in some BBQ, or your favorite foods - have two Rock Band set ups, and you are good to go! I have to tell you from experience, Rock Band is so much fun! And really, anyone can do it! Because, frankly, if I can, you can!

    Here are some pictures from our Rock Band Party...

    {Everyone really gets into the spirit}
    {I am usually the drummer, but someone thought it was a good idea to hand me the mic}
    {Sissy (aka Roxie) Rockin' it Out!}
    I know these pictures seem silly, but really, your rehearsal should be a reflextion of you, and if you can let loose alittle bit before the big day, then Rock it Out!

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    Nesting Habits of the Nautilus Duck

    From the pages of Wicked Local comes this story by Mike O’Connor and the staff of the Bird Watcher’s General Store in Orleans, Massachusetts, about the bizarre nesting habits of the newly-discovered Nautilus Duck (Anas aquaticus), a close cousin of the common Mallard that is known to nest only on Cape Cod.

    Friday Fun Pic!

    This picture makes me smile, and I though we should start Friday off right... these are my nieces, Peyton and Sydney!
    They are getting so big!
    I almost wish I had a wedding coming up (personally) so I could have the worlds cutest Flower Girls!!!

    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    World Premier of Ghost Bird

    Scott Crocker’s Ghost Bird, a documentary about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, will be celebrating its "official" World Premier at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, Canada, in early May. Hot Docs is the largest festival of documentary films in North America.

    Ghost Bird will be screened on May 6th and 8th as part of Hot Docs' World Showcase, "a popular global survey of the year’s best docs." If, by chance, you’re going to be in Toronto the first week of May you might want to reserve a seat now.

    In related news, Birdchick wrote about her participation in a panel discussion that followed a screening of Ghost Bird at the San Diego Bird Festival in early March, and Steve Moore aired an interview with producer/director Scott Crocker on his BirdwatchRadio podcast of March 17, 2009 (download Program #19).

    Life List!

    At the end of the night, well, the begining of the end of the night, of Let's Eat Cake! - WOW! What a sentence that is! {You can probably sense the relief and stress on my face}
    I realized that although Kerry Vincent and I had spent alot of time together, we hadn't taken a picture together!
    So this is one of my favoritest moments! Although, I am exhausted, but fulfilled all at the same time!

    {Look at all those people!!!}
    {The Crowd's of People waiting to get into Let's Eat Cake!}
    {Guests contimplating on how much to bid on the silent auction items}
    {Bidding on the Silent Auction Items}
    There wil be one more post on Let's Eat Cake! to announce the final total being donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, coming in the next few days, so be on the look out!

    Wednesday, March 25, 2009

    Designing Better Birding Trails: A Survey Request

    Amy Hartell, a graduate student in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon is seeking the input of birders in developing better design guidelines for locating and building birding trails and tour routes. You can help by completing a simple online survey and submitting your responses no later than April 15.

    The scope of the study and the survey is described more fully in Ms. Hartell’s request, as follows:
    Dear Birding Enthusiasts,

    I am a student in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon. Following is a link to a survey that is part of my unfunded Master's Project about how to better design birding trails and tour routes for everyone including people with disabilities. Data collected from this survey will be used to identify preferred birding experiences and how they may be provided for all kinds of birders and design for habitat conservation education. I am also seeking information on an important subgroup of birders, those with disabilities. The results of this survey will help me develop better design guidelines for locating and building birding trails and tours. Dan Gleason of the Oregon Field Ornithologists' suggested posting the survey may be a good way to reach birders everywhere.

    Completing and returning the questionnaire constitutes your consent to participate. The survey does not ask for any personally identifying information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers. Responses will be completely anonymous; do not put your name anywhere on the survey. The survey is intended for anyone age 18 or older and considers themselves a birder. Completion of the survey will take 20-30 minutes.

    To get started, simply follow this LINK TO THE SURVEY.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey to help with my studies.

    THE SURVEY CLOSES 15 April 2009.


    Amy Hartell
    ahartell AT uoregon.edu
    Do your part to help improve birding trails and tour routes for future generations of bird enthusiasts. Take the survey right now, before you become distracted by other things.

    One Incredibly Lucky Birder

    From the New Jersey coast comes this incredible story of a lone birder who became trapped, upside-down and wedged between two 15-foot granite boulders, inside the jetty (!!) at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.

    Jetties can be dangerous places for birders to venture onto, especially when birding alone. In this instance, the birder involved was fortunate that he lived to tell the tale. Solo ventures such as this sometimes have an unhappy ending.

    I ran across this story at Ask the Birds, the blog of Bill Bossman, who presents his perspective on the event here.

    Did you Seeeee?

    Every Friday, the incredibly brilliant Liene Stevens from Blue Orchid Designs and The Smart Planner does a series highlighting a Wedding Consultant, and last Friday as I was scrolling through my Google Reader... I saw my picture!

    I am honored to have been featured on The Smart Planner, so many of my favorite wedding planners have been featured, nad I feel blessed to be in a series with women {and men} that I respect so greatly!

    Thanks Liene for featuring us!

    Check it out!

    Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    Chandellier of Cranes

    I am so excited about this project! The Wedding Co is doing something amazing! They are setting out to make a Chandellier of Origami Cranes! And for a great cause, for every crane you make they will donate $0.50 to cancer research!!!

    They are looking to collect for than 5,000 cranes!
    Now if you don't know how to make an Origami Crane, here is a quick tutorial on how-to....

    Here's how YOU can participate and help contribute to the chandelier project:

    1. Fold an origami crane(s) and mail it to us at:, make it your own, sign it, design it, write your name on it, the sky is the limit! Then mail it to:

    The Wedding Co.

    Attn: Crane Chandelier Project

    110 Givins Street

    Toronto, ON, Canada

    M6J 2X9

    If you are a blogger:

    1. Link to "Send a Crane" -  and we will mail you a crane kit which includes a pre-folded crane and an instruction card describing the project. Sign your crane an engaged couple and return it to The Wedding Co.

    2. Spread the word - visit The Wedding Co. website to watch the chandelier take flight.

    Have Fun!

    Monday, March 23, 2009

    Ring Around Your Finger

    Last month I received an email from Superior Wedding Rings, introducing me Palladium Wedding Rings. Honestly, I had never heard of Palladium before, so I had to do some research. And the stuff is nice!

    It's soft and pretty, the color is beautiful! Superior Wedding Rings sent us some samples and all of us are oooohing and ahhhhhing over them! I even made my husband try it on so that I could see it on his hand, and it looked mighty fine!!!

    So when you are considering your wedding rings, and can't decide if you want White Gold or Titanium or Platnium, why not go Palladium? The quality of the rings at Superior Wedding Rings is amazing!

    They also sell Titanium, Platnium and White Gold - so your choices are endless! And the rings are amazing!!!

    Be on the lookout for a Wedding Ring Giveaway soon!!! Sponsored by Superior Wedding Rings!!!

    Saturday, March 21, 2009

    Bob Winquist, Design Student

    [guest]Design instructor: Tom Pope. Assignment: "Basketball hoop with attitude". Student: Bob Winquist. click to enlarge

    Tom Pope was a year or two behind my class at Calarts, and it was great to see him at the get together for Bob Winquist in January. He'd brought with him an amazing rarity with a great story attached that he shared with all of us in his remarks to the crowd. I asked him if he'd share the artwork and its backstory here, and he kindly agreed. With the help of fellow classmate Zac Moncrief the very large framed piece was scanned so it could appear here. Tom's story follows below:

    "I was fortunate enough to be a design student of Bob Winquist's for two-and-a-half years. So many people have shared so much about the pleasures and recieved wisdom gained from Bob that there is little new which I can offer. That said, Bob did give me something that not all his students can claim.

    One day in Bob's class, winter of '90, I was offering my usual sea of valuable insight. At the end of class, Bob asked me if I wanted to teach the next week. I said sure, but... if I gave an assignment, would he do it?

    Of course he would. So I thought of something random, as he oftened appeared to do. "A basketball hoop with attitude." I couldn't wait until the next week!
    A week later, projects were pinned on the wall of the class room. It being second semester, there were less people in class and less projects since most people were knee-deep in their films by then. But Bob's assignment was right there among the others as promised. It was beautiful, but I hope I talked about someone else's first. I did my best to talk about and critique each assignment constructively and focus on their distinct merits as Bob always, always, always did.

    After class, I asked Bob if I could keep his assignment, and he said of course. He signed it "Bob Winquist, 2/27/90" with a flourish on the back. I had it framed, and it has hung on the wall no matter where I've lived ever since. (I also have a handful of the other assignments in my parents' attic in Georgia.)

    When I heard that there was going to be a remembrance for Bob I knew that I had to bring the piece. When I heard that we would be allowed to speak, I knew I had to talk about it. The response it got made me realize how lucky I was to possess an example of Bob's generosity in concrete form. The best part of all was the interest that Bob's own family showed in it. If I hadn't been aware of just how special Bob's own handiwork was, I was then.
    Jenny has been generous enough to share this forum and to allow me to share this "wonderful", wonderful piece with a wider audience.

    My pleasure, Tom. Thank you.

    Eye (and Ear) Candy for Birders

    For one of the sexiest flash intros to a Web site ever, click on Life List, where you will be introduced to Olivia Gentile’s new book about birding legend Phoebe Snetsinger.

    Many thanks to Gunnar Engblom for bringing this site to my attention.

    Friday, March 20, 2009

    Dressing for the Season

    Choosing bridesmaids’ dresses can be quite a challenge. With winter coming to an end and spring right around the corner, here are some tips to help you keep your bridal party looking and feeling season-appropriate!

    Winter: Don’t make your bridesmaids suffer through a frigid night in a tea-length strapless cocktail dress! Try floor length dresses, adding a shawl, or heavier fabrics. Here are some popular winter wedding fabrics that will keep your loved ones feeling warm and comfortable when the temperature is low: Dupioni, Cashmere, Polyester, Faux Fur, Velvet, Velour, Brocade. Also, wearing hot pink on a dull winter night can look out of place. Popular winter colors include colors such as ivory, red, navy, orange, black and gold tones.

    Spring: Even worse than having freezing cold bridesmaids is having sweaty hot bridesmaids. You should plan their attire accordingly so that they may feel comfortable and stay cool (especially in outdoor spring weddings!) Here are some lightweight fabrics for spring: Chiffon, Silk, Organza, Linen, Charmeuse, Crepe, Shantung. Spring is the perfect time to pick bright, fun colors. In an informal setting even some simple patterns can work and look super cute!


    Winter Pictures: Winter Picture 1, Winter Picture 2, Winter Picture 3   Spring Pictures: Spring 1, Spring 2, Spring 3

    Thursday, March 19, 2009

    Ivory-billed Woodpecker Debate Gets Ugly...and Personal

    Not uncharacteristically, Mike Collins (aka Fishcrow) has chosen to air his dirty laundry in public. Specifically, he has chosen to openly criticize the editorial staff at PLoS ONE for refusing to publish has manuscript on "Flight mechanics of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker" after initially accepting it for publication. I will leave it to you to decide whether or not his complaints are warranted.

    The ornithological and birding communities benefit directly from this public rift in that Collins has chosen to make his long-anticipated manuscript—replete with an abundance of in-flight video footage of large woodpeckers—available online (here). From the Introduction [.pdf]:
    Videos were obtained during three encounters in which key field marks consistent with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker were observed, including footage of a cruising flight, two takeoffs into level flight, a short flight, a swooping takeoff, and a swooping landing. The flight mechanics of the birds in these videos are consistent with Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in terms of historical accounts, physiology, and empirical and physics-based models for flap rate. Various additional characteristics of the birds in the videos are consistent with Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, including apparent field marks, a massive bill, a large crest, and an exaggerated leaned-back posture while perched.
    Rest assured that Collins’s text and accompanying videos will be dissected and discussed on blogs and in various online forums for months to come.

    Last revised: 3/23/09.

    Farm Chic!!!

    We have a wedding coming up in May, for a couple getting married on a farm, and this board to me is the epitome of a romantical, garden chic wedding!

    What do you think?

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009

    Ivory-billed Woodpecker Fraud

    The long-playing Ivory-billed Woodpecker saga hit a new low today with the shocking revelation that a "mystery" photograph making the rounds of the Internet the past couple of months and widely discussed as possibly an actual Ivory-bill is, in reality, a forgery (see post by Bill Pulliam here and posts by Cyberthrush here and here).

    Will this idiotic act prove to be a death knell to the quixotic search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker?

    Red and Aqua - oh my!

    This board was done quite a while ago, by Erinn in my office, and I love it!!! Isn't red just lovely!

    I have to appologize this board was done so long ago, and I don't have sources, if you know any of them, please put them in the comments section - I just couldn't hold this board back from you!

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Sap Beetles of Berrien County, Michigan

    The sap beetles (Family Nitidulidae) "feed on decaying plant materials, including damaged and overripe fruits and vegetables, plant sap, picnic foods and beverages, nectar, pollen, and fungi" (Dunn 1996). A few species may be minor agricultural pests or nuisances.

    Some 36 genera and 183 species are found in the U.S. and Canada (Arnett 1993), with 100 of those species ranging to Canada (McNamara in Bousquet 1991). While Dunn (1996) claims that "only about two dozen species" are known from the Great Lakes region, 56 species have been confirmed in Ontario alone. As demonstrated below, as many as 21 genera of sap beetles may be represented in Berrien County.

    In the following list of genera (and selected species) thought likely to occur in Berrien County, numerical notations in parentheses are used to indicate the known geographic distribution of each genus: (0) denotes widespread distribution, (1) denotes distribution throughout northeastern North America west to Illinois and Wisconsin, (1a) denotes distribution throughout the northeastern U.S. from Maine to Illinois and Wisconsin, (1+5) denotes distribution throughout northeastern and north-central North America, and (1a+5) denotes distribution from the northeastern U.S. through north-central North America (following Arnett 1993); (2) denotes recorded occurrence at Cedar Creek, Minnesota; and (4) denotes occurrence in Ontario (following McNamara in Bousquet 1991). GLR denotes occurrence in the Great Lakes Region (following Dunn 1996). Numbers in brackets are the number of known North American genera and species (within families) and species (within genera).

    Family Nitidulidae (sap beetles) [36 & 183] {GLR}:
    Subfamily Carpophilinae:
  • Carpophilus sp. (0,2,4) [31]
  • C. antiquus, Antique Sap Beetle (1a) {minor pest}
  • C. dimidiatus Corn Sap Beetle (4,GLR)
  • C. hemipterus, Dried-fruit Beetle (1a+5,4) {minor pest}
  • C. lugubris, Dusky Sap Beetle (1a+5,4) {minor pest}
  • Colopterus sp. (0,4) [5]
  • Conotelus sp. (0,4) [4]

    Subfamily Cateretinae:
  • Boreades abdominalis (1a+5,2,4) [1]
  • Brachypterolus pulicarius (1a+5,4) [1]
  • Brachypterus sp. (0,2,4) [4]
  • Cateretes sp. (0,4) [3]

    Subfamily Cryptarchinae:
  • Cryptarcha sp. (0,4) [6]
  • Glischrochilus sp. (0,2,4) [9]
  • G. fasciatus, Red-spotted Sap Beetle (1a+5,4,GLR) {common}
  • G. obtusus, Two-spotted Sap Beetle (1a,GLR) {common}
  • G. quadrisignatus, Picnic Beetle (1+5,4,GLR) {common}
  • Pityophagus sp. (1+5) [3]

    Subfamily Cybocephalinae:
  • Cybocephalus sp. (1) [2] {IN,MI}

    Subfamily Meligethinae:
  • Meligethes sp. (0,4) [8]

    Subfamily Nitidulinae:
  • Amphicrossus sp. (1+5,4) [3]
  • Amphotis sp. (1a) [2]
  • Cychramus sp. (1+5,4) [3]
  • Cyllodes byplagiatus (1a+5) [1]
  • Lobiopa sp. (0,4) [7]
  • Nitidula sp. (1+5,2,4) [5]
  • Omosita sp. (0,2,4) [2]
  • Pallodes sp. (1+5,4) [2]
  • Phenolia grossa (1a+5,2,4) [1]
  • Pocadius sp. (0) [4]
  • Prometopia sp. (1a+5,4) [2]
  • Psilopyga sp. (1+5) (4)
  • Soronia sp. (1+5) [4]
  • Stelidota sp. (0,2,4) [4]
  • S. germinata, Strawberry Sap Beetle (1a+5,2) {minor pest}
  • Thalycra sp. (0,4) [14]
  • Last revised: 3/24/09.

    Something "Old"

    A common trend we are seeing is brides using the word “vintage” when describing the specific feel and atmosphere they want to achieve for their wedding. We are wondering, however, do these flashback lovers mean “antique” or simply “retro?” Your wedding planners and event designers need details when helping you create the exact ambiance you want. Here are three ways to create a different vintage look that convey three completely different feelings.

    Antique: To achieve the antique vintage feel for your wedding, think light pinks paired with cream and gold accents. Try adding antique wedding photographs of relatives around the reception or even as a center piece on a table. These brides love the classic look of romantic pearls or a passed down family locket. Think satin and lace for the bridal party and garden roses for the perfect bouquet.

    Locket, DressFlowers, Pearls, Shoes, Invitations

    True Vintage: Think contrasting black and white with a splash of red. These true vintage brides can be seen wearing feathered headbands, beaded necklaces, and a perfect touch of red lipstick. For inspiration, check out some 1920’s photographs or pick up a copy of The Great Gatsby. A vintage wedding is simple, bold, and timeless.

    BrideInvitations, Flowers, and Bride and Groom, Bridesmaid DressShoes

    Retro: The retro bride loves polka dots and oversized flowers. Expect a bold invitation in the mail and a sweet Frank Sinatra first dance. This couple loves to make a statement, and expect a classic, Grace Kelly-esque inspired fashion statement. Short dresses, fishnet headbands, and gloves are sure to be found at this wedding.

    Bride, Magazine CoverCakeFlowers, Shoes

    Thank you, Erinn for putting together such a great post for us! Great Job!!!

    Monday, March 16, 2009

    Tooth-necked Fungus Beetles of Berrien County, Michigan

    The tooth-necked fungus beetles (Family Derodontidae) are a small family of minute beetles (Order Coleoptera) that are, as the common name implies, closely associate with fungi. Of the 4 genera and approximately 10-19 species known worldwide, 3 genera and 7-8 species are found in the U.S. and Canada, including 2 genera (and species) known from Ontario. Two genera are likely to occur in Berkeley County (see below).

    In the following list of genera thought likely to occur in Berrien County, numerical notations in parentheses are used to indicate the known geographic distribution of each genus, where (0) denotes widespread distribution and (1a) denotes distribution throughout the northeastern U.S. from Maine to Illinois and Wisconsin (following Arnett 1993), and (4) denotes occurrence in Ontario (following Bright in Bousquet 1991). Numbers in brackets are the number of known North American genera and species (within families) and species (within genera).
    Family Derodontidae (tooth-necked fungus beetles) [3 & 7]:
  • Derodontus sp. (0,4) [2]
  • D. maculatus (1a)
  • Laricobius sp. (1,4) [4]
  • Last revised 03/17/09.

    Telephone-pole Beetles of Berrien County, Michigan

    The Telephone-pole Beetle is the sole member of the Family Micromalthidae. The presence of this beetle in Berrien County is presumed based on its known distribution.

    In the following list, numerical notations in parentheses are used to indicate the known geographic distribution of the genus, where (1a) denotes distribution throughout the northeastern U.S. from Maine to Illinois and Wisconsin (following Arnett 1993) and (4) denotes occurrence in Ontario (following Campbell in Bousquet 1991). Numbers in brackets are the number of known North American species in the family and genus.
    Family Micromalthidae (Telephone-pole Beetle) [1]:
  • Micromalthus debilis, Telephone-pole Beetle (1a,4) [1]
  • Beach Beautiful!

    Emily did this board - it makes me want to get married on the beach! The softness of the water, the colors- you can almost hear the water crashing on the shore!

    Sunday, March 15, 2009

    Wrinkled Bark Beetles of Berrien County, Michigan

    The wrinkled bark beetles (Family Rhysodidae) are a small family of beetles (Order Coleoptera) that "live under the bark of hardwood trees (ash, beech, or elm) and pine" (Dunn 1996), "in wood that is already partially decayed and moist so they are not economically important" (White 1998).

    Of the several hundred species known worldwide, 8 species are found in the U.S. and Canada--including 6 primarily in the eastern U.S (Arnett 1993), with 2 known from Canada--including 1 in Ontario (Bousquet et al. 1991); least 2 genera and 2 species are likely to occur in Berrien County.

    In the following list, numerical notations in parentheses are used to indicate the known distribution of genera and species (following Arnett 1993), where (0) denotes broad distribution and (1+5) denotes distribution across the northeastern U.S. and Canada and the north-central U.S. Numbers in brackets are number of known North American species in the family and each genus.
    Family Rhysodidae (wrinkled bark beetles) [8]:
  • Omoglymmius sp. (0) [2]
  • Omoglymmius americanus (1+5) {IL,IN,MI,OH,ON}
  • Clinidium sp. (1+5) [6]
  • Last revised: 3/16/09.

    Reticulated Beetles of Berrien County, Michigan

    The reticulated beetles (Family Cupedidae) are one of the many families of beetles (Order Coleoptera) that exist outside the knowledge of the average person. According to Arnett (1993), "Adults and larvae [are] found in logs of oak, chestnut, and pine with adults sometimes found swarming in sunlit woods." Of the 5 species known from the U.S. and Canada, just a single species is common in the Great Lakes region, being known from Michigan and Indiana (Dunn 1996) and presumed to occur in Berrien County.

    In the following list, numerical notations in parentheses are used to indicate the known distribution of a genus (following Arnett 1993), with 1+5 indicating a genus found in both the northeastern U.S. and Canada and the north-central U.S.
    Family Cupedidae (reticulated beetles):
  • Cupes sp. (1+5)
  • Cupes concolor, Mottled Cupes [IN, MI]
  • Friday, March 13, 2009

    Make yourself up!

    DO have your makeup done by a professional (if not, at the very least get a consultation and have them instruct you on how to achieve the look yourself)

    DO wear waterproof eye makeup (it's going to be an emotional day!)
    DO highlight your cheeks with light blush and bronzer, even if it's not part of your daily routine. It will provide a nice glow to your complexion.
    DO curl your eyelashes. This will make you look more bright-eyed and awake. (Fake eyelashes may be used, but make sure they are properly applied. You wouldn't want them to rotate or peel off during the ceremony!)
    DON'T wear heavy foundation! It will show in photos and is more likely to smear and get on your clothes.
    DON'T wear dark lipstick. Stick with light natural colors that are similar to that of your blush.
    DON'T wait till the day of your wedding to try out your makeup looks. Practice before hand to avoid a stressful situation.

    Photo Source

    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    Ivory-bill Madness

    Once more, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) are in the news in a major way. Well, at least they’ve generated some excitement online, if not on the major airways.

    The Ivory Bill Photo Project is a new Website recently created by Gary Erdy and Steve Sheridan to spotlight images of a possible Ivory-bill photographed at an undisclosed location within the historic home range in 2007.

    As far as I can determine the first blogger to mention Erdy and Sheridan’s Website was Bill Pulliam of Notes from Soggy Bottom, who offered a detailed analysis of the evidence on 2/10/09. Pulliam re-posted his original note with several addenda on 3/7/09. He then followed this up in quick succession with related posts entitled Why it is not a Red-headed Woodpecker (3/10/09), How a bird’s neck works (3/10/09), and Proof and Probability (3/11/09).

    Cyberthrush at Ivory-bills Live!! pounced on the possible new evidence of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers with this News flash (3/09/09), followed by stories entitled March Madness (3/10/09), Stay Tuned (3/11/09), and A Plea (3/11/09). Cyberthrush’s four posts have generated an incredible 144 comments, a testimony to the degree of interest surrounding the search for this woodpecker. But what are we to make of the fact that the vast majority of the people responding to his posts have chosen to do so anonymously?

    But before you wade into the thoughtful analyses performed by Pulliam or read the discussions stimulated by Cyberthrush, I encourage you to review the evidence provide at the Ivory Bill Photo Project. It has apparently generated considerable interest within official circles. I’ll refrain from saying more about my personal opinion at this point.

    All ‘Bout ‘Possums

    The 'Possum Network provides unique information about the historical role of the Virginia Opossum in American culture, society, and business with tongue-in-cheek humor amply illustrated with memorabilia of various sorts featuring the much-maligned 'possum. Truly amazing!

    BBQ Fun!

    What do you think of this fun, casual BBQ wedding - fantastically fun, right?

    Didn't Erinn do a fabulous job on this BBQ Chic Wedding!

    Sources: Food by Ciao Thyme Catering , Albert & Alberta by Sports Illustrated, KaraokeFlowers,  InvitationsCups, Cake,  BBQ Bottles,  Wedding Party,

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Monocots of Berrien County, Michigan

    The monocots, short for monocotyledons (Class Liliopsida), are one of two classes of flowering plants, or angiosperms, within the Kingdom Plantae, the other being the dicots, or dicotyledons (Class Magnoliopsida). The major distinguishing features between monocots and dicots are discussed here.

    Approximately 27,000 species of monocots are recognized worldwide, of which about 4,500 species occur in North America north of Mexico. According to the Online Atlas of Michigan Plants, 437 (64 percent) of the 678 species of monocots known from Michigan have been found in Berrien County; these 437 species represent 13 orders, 25 families, and 134 genera.

    While the showy lilies generally draw the public’s attention, it is the grasses and sedges that dominate the local flora, accounting for 45 percent and 35 percent, respectively, of the monocots of Berrien County.

    In the following list, scientific and common names follow the USDA Plants database. Species known to occur in Berrien County only as a result of human Introduction are denoted by [I]. Species for which there is a question as to their Native or Introduced origin are denoted [I?]. The status of species determined to be Special Plants in Michigan are denoted as follows: [T] – Threatened, [SC] – Special Concern, [X] - possibly Extirpated.

    Family Agavaceae (century-plants):
  • Yucca filamentosa, Adam’s Needle


    Family Alismataceae (water-plantains):
  • Alisma triviale, Northern Water Plantain
  • Sagittaria cristata, Crested Arrowhead
  • Sagittaria cuneata, Arumleaf Arrowhead
  • Sagittaria latifolia, Broadleaf Arrowhead
  • Sagittaria rigida, Sessilefruit Arrowhead


    Family Acoraceae (calamus):
  • Acorus americanus, Sweetflag

    Family Araceae (arums):
  • Arisaema dracontium, Green Dragon
  • Arisaema triphyllum, Jack in the Pulpit
  • Calla palustris, Water Arum
  • Peltandra virginica, Green Arrow Arum
  • Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

    Family Lemnaceae (duckweeds):
  • Lemna minor, Common Duckweed
  • Lemna trisulca, Star Duckweed
  • Wolffia brasiliensis, Brazilian Watermeal


    Family Commelinaceae (spiderworts):
  • Commelina communis, Asiatic Dayflower [I]
  • Commelina erecta, Whitemouth Dayflower [X]
  • Tradescantia ohiensis, Bluejacket

    Family Xyridaceae (yellow-eyed grasses):
  • Xyris difformis, Bog Yelloweyed Grass
  • Xyris torta, Slender Yelloweyed Grass


    Family Cyperaceae (sedges):
  • Bulbostylis capillarias, Densetuft Hairsedge
  • Carex alata, Broadwing Sedge
  • Carex albicans, Whitetinge Sedge
  • Carex albolutescens, Greenwhite Sedge [T]
  • Carex albursina, White Bear Sedge
  • Carex alopecoidea, Foxtail Sedge
  • Carex arctata, Drooping Woodland Sedge
  • Carex argyrantha, Hay Sedge
  • Carex atlantica, Prickly Bog Sedge
  • Carex aurea, Golden Sedge
  • Carex bebbii, Bebb’s Sedge
  • Carex bicknellii, Bicknell’s Sedge
  • Carex blanda, Eastern Woodland Sedge
  • Carex brevior, Whortbeak Sedge
  • Carex bromoides, Brome-like Sedge
  • Carex buxbaumii, Buxbaum’s Sedge
  • Carex canescens, Silvery Sedge
  • Carex careyana, Carey’s Sedge
  • Carex cephaloidea, Thinleaf Sedge
  • Carex communis, Bibrousroot Sedge
  • Carex comosa, Longhair Sedge
  • Carex crinita, Fringed Sedge
  • Carex cristatella, Crested Sedge
  • Carex crus-corvi, Ravenfoot Sedge [T]
  • Carex cryptolepis, Northeastern Sedge
  • Carex davisii, Davis’s Sedge [SC]
  • Carex debilis, White Edge Sedge
  • Carex deweyana, Dewey Sedge
  • Carex digitalis, Slender Woodland Sedge
  • Carex duriuscula, Needleleaf Sedge
  • Carex eburnean, Bristleleaf Sedge
  • Carex emoryi, Emory’s Sedge
  • Carex flava, Yellow Sedge
  • Carex folliculata, Northern Long Sedge
  • Carex garberi, Elk Sedge
  • Carex gracilescens, Slender Looseflower Sedge
  • Carex gracillima, Graceful Sedge
  • Carex granularis, Limestone Meadow Sedge
  • Carex gravida, Heavy Sedge [X]
  • Carex grayi, Gray’s Sedge
  • Carex grisea, Inflated Narrow-leaf Sedge
  • Carex hirtifolia, Pubescent Sedge
  • Carex hitchcockiana, Hitchcock’s Sedge
  • Carex hystericina, Bottlebrush Sedge
  • Carex interior, Inland Sedge
  • Carex intumescens, Greater Bladder Sedge
  • Carex jamesii, James’s Sedge
  • Carex lacustris, Hairy Sedge
  • Carex laevivaginata, Smoothsheath Sedge
  • Carex lasiocarpa, Woollyfruit Sedge
  • Carex laxiculmis, Spreading Sedge
  • Carex laxiflora, Broad Looseflower Sedge
  • Cares leptalea, Bristlystalked Sedge
  • Carex leptonervia, Nerveless Woodland Sedge
  • Carex limosa, Mud Sedge
  • Carex longii, Long’s Sedge
  • Carex lupulina, Hop Sedge
  • Carex lurida, Shallow Sedge
  • Carex meadii, Mead’s Sedge
  • Carex molesta, Troublesome Sedge
  • Carex muehlenbergii, Muhlenberg’s Sedge
  • Carex normalis, Greater Straw Sedge
  • Carex oligocarpa, Richwoods Sedge [T]
  • Carex pedunculata, Longstalk Sedge
  • Carex pellita, Woolly Sedge
  • Carex pensylvanica, Pennsylvania Sedge
  • Carex plantaginea, Plantainleaf Sedge
  • Carex prairea, Prairie Sedge
  • Carex prasina, Drooping Sedge
  • Carex radiata, Eastern Star Sedge
  • Carex rosea, Rosy Sedge
  • Carex sartwellii, Sartwell’s Sedge
  • Carex scabrata, Estern Rough Sedge
  • Carex scoparia, Broom Sedge
  • Carex seorsa, Weak Stellate Sedge
  • Carex siccata, Dryspike Sedge
  • Carex sparganioides, Bur-reed Sedge
  • Carex sprengelii, Sprengell’s Sedge
  • Carex sterilis, Dioecious Sedge
  • Carex stipata, Awlfruit Sedge
  • Carex stricta, Upright Sedge
  • Carex suberecta, Prairie Straw Sedge
  • Carex swanii, Swan’s Sedge
  • Carex tonsa, Shaved Sedge
  • Carex tribuloides, Blunt Broom Sedge
  • Carex trisperma, Threeseeded Sedge
  • Carex tuckermanii, Tuckerman’s Sedge
  • Carex utriculata, Northwest Territory Sedge
  • Carex virescens, Ribbed Sedge
  • Carex viridula, Little Green Sedge
  • Carex vulpinoidea, Fox Sedge
  • Carex woodii, Pretty Sedge
  • Cladium mariscoides, Smooth Sawgrass
  • Cyperus bipartitus, Slender Flatsedge
  • Cyperus diandrus, Umbrella Flatsedge
  • Cyperus odoratus (=engelmannii), Fragrant Flatsedge
  • Cyperus esculentus, Yellow Nutsedge [I?]
  • Cyperus flavescens, Yellow Flatsedge [SC]
  • Cyperus houghtonii, Houghton’s Flatsedge
  • Cyperus lupulinus, Great Plains Flatsedge
  • Cyperus odoratus, Fragrant Flatsedge
  • Cyperus schweinitzii, Schweinitz’s Flatsedge
  • Cyperus squarrosus, Bearded Flatsedge
  • Cyperus strigosus, Strawcolored Flatsedge
  • Dulichium arundinaceum, Threeway Sedge
  • Eleocharis acicularis, Needle Spikerush
  • Eleocharis elliptica, Elliptic Spikerush
  • Eleocharis engelmannii, Engelmann’s Spikerush [SC]
  • Eleocharis erythropoda, Bald Spikerush
  • Eleocharis flavescens, Yellow Spikerush
  • Eleocharis intermedia, Matted Spikerush
  • Eleocharis melanocarpa, Blackfruit Spikerush [SC]
  • Eleocharis obtusa, Blunt Spikerush
  • Eleocharis palustris, Common Spikerush
  • Eleocharis robbinsii, Robbin’s Spikerush
  • Eriophorum angustifolium, Tall Cottongrass
  • Eriophorum gracile, Slender Cottongrass
  • Eriophorum virginicum, Tawny Cottongrass
  • Eriophorum viridicarinatum, Thinleaf Cottongrass
  • Lipocarpha micrantha, Smallflower Halfchaff Sedge
  • Rhynchospora alba, White Beaksedge
  • Rhynchospora capillacea, Needle Beaksedge
  • Rhynchospora capitellata, Brownish Beaksedge
  • Rhynchospora fusca, Brown Beaksedge
  • Rhynchospora macrostachya, Tall Horned Beaksedge [SC]
  • Rhynchospora scirpoides, Longbeak Beaksedge
  • Schoenoplectus acutus, Hardstem Bulrush
  • Schoenoplectus pungens, Common Threesquare
  • Schoenoplectus purshianus, Weakstalk Bulrush
  • Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani, Softstem Bulrush
  • Scirpus atrovirens, Green Bulrush
  • Scirpus cyperinus, Woolgrass
  • Scirpus expansus, Woodland Bulrush
  • Scirpus hattorianus, Mosquito Bulrush
  • Scirpus pendulus, Rufous Bulrush
  • Scleria reticularis, Netted Nutrush [T]

    Family Poaceae (grasses):
  • Agropyron repens, Quackgrass [I]
  • Agrostis gigantea, Redtop [I]
  • Agrostis hyemalis, Winter Bentgrass
  • Agrostis perennans, Upland Bentgrass
  • Alopecurus aequalis, Shortawn Foxtail
  • Alopecurus carolinianus, Carolina Foxtail
  • Ammophila breviligulata, American Beachgrass
  • Andropogon gerardii, Big Bluestem
  • Andropogon virginicus, Broomsedge Bluestem
  • Aristida longispica, Slimspike Threeawn [T]
  • Aristida oligantha, Prairie Threeawn
  • Aristida purpurascens, Arrowfeather Threeawn
  • Aristida tuberculosa, Seaside Threeawn [T]
  • Arrhenatherum elatius, Tall Oatgrass
  • Avena sativa, Common Oat [I]
  • Brachyelytrum erectum, Bearded Shorthusk
  • Bromus briziformis, Rattlesnake Brome [I]
  • Bromus ciliatus, Fringed Brome
  • Bromus inermis, Smooth Brome [I?]
  • Bromus japonicus, Field Brome [I]
  • Bromus latiglumis, Earlyleaf Brome
  • Bromus pubescens, Hairy Woodland Brome
  • Bromus secalinus, Rye Brome [I]
  • Bromus squarrosus, Corn Brome [I]
  • Bromus sterilis, Poverty Brome [I]
  • Bromus tectorum, Cheatgrass [I]
  • Calamagrostis canadensis, Bluejoint
  • Calamagrostis stricta (=inexpansa), Northern Reedgrass [T]
  • Cenchrus longispinus, Mat Sandbur
  • Chasmanthium latifolium, Indian Woodoats [T]
  • Chloris verticillata, Tumble Windmill Grass
  • Cinna arundinacea, Sweet Woodreed
  • Corynephorus canescens, Gray Clubawn Grass
  • Cynodon dactylon, Bermudagrass
  • Dactylis glomerata, Orchardgrass
  • Danthonia spicata, Poverty Grass
  • Diarrhena obovata, Obovate Beakgrain
  • Dichanthelium acuminatum [includes D. implicatum and D. lindheimeri], Tapered Rosette Grass
  • Dichanthelium clandestinum, Deertongue
  • Dichanthelium commutatum, Variable Panicgrass
  • Dichanthelium depauperatum, Starved Panicgrass
  • Dichanthelium dichotomum [includes D. microcarpon], Cypress Panicgrass
  • Dichanthelium latifolium, Broadleaf Rosette Grass
  • Dichanthelium linearifolium (=perlongum), Slimleaf Panicgrass
  • Dichanthelium meridionale, Matting Rosette Grass
  • Dichanthelium oligosanthes, Heller’s Rosette Grass
  • Dichanthelium ovale (=commonsianum), Addison’s Rosette Grass
  • Dichanthelium sphaerocarpon [includes D. polyanthes], Roundseed Panicgrass
  • Dichanthelium spretum, Eaton’s Rosette Grass
  • Dichanthelium villosissimum (=praecocius), Whitehair Rosette Grass
  • Digitaria cognata, Fall Witchgrass
  • Digitaria ischaemum, Smooth Crabgrass [I]
  • Digitaria sanguinalis, Hairy Crabgrass
  • Echinochloa crus-galli, Barnyardgrass [I]
  • Echinochloa muricata, Rough Barnyardgrass
  • Echinochloa walteri, Coast Cockspur Grass
  • Eleusine indica, Indian Goosegrass [I]
  • Elymus canadensis, Canada Wildrye
  • Elymus hystrix (=Hystrix patula), Eastern Bottlebrush Grass
  • Elymus riparius, Riverbank Wildrye
  • Elymus trachycaulus, Slender Wheatgrass
  • Elymus villosus, Hairy Wildrye
  • Elymus virginicus, Virginia Wildrye
  • Eragrostis cilianensis, Stinkgrass [I]
  • Eragrostis curvula, Wheeping Lovegrass [I]
  • Eragrostis hypnoides, Teal Lovegrass
  • Eragrostis minor, Little Lovegrass [I]
  • Eragrostis pectinacea, Tufted Lovegrass
  • Eragrostis spectabilis, Purple Lovegrass
  • Festuca myuros, Rat-tail Fescue [I]
  • Festuca ovina, Sheep Fescue [I]
  • Festuca pratensis, Meadow Fescue [I]
  • Festuca rubra, Red Fescue [I?]
  • Festuca saximontana, Rocky Mountain Fescue
  • Festuca subverticillata, Nodding Fescue
  • Glyceria canadensis, Rattlesnake Mannagrass
  • Glyceria septentrionalis, floating Mannagrass
  • Glyceria striata, Fowl Mannagrass
  • Hierochloe odorata, Sweetgrass
  • Holcus lanatus, Common Velvetgrass [I]
  • Hordeum jubatum, Foxtail Barley
  • Koeleria macrantha, Prairie Junegrass
  • Leersia oryzoides, Rice Cutgrass
  • Leersia virginica, Whitegrass
  • Leymus [=Elymus] arenarius, Sand Ryegrass [I]
  • Lolium perenne, Perennial Ryegrass [I]
  • Lolium temulentum, Darnel Ryegrass [I]
  • Milium effusum, American Milletgrass
  • Miscanthus sacchariflorus, Amur Silvergrass [I]
  • Miscanthus sinensis, Chinese Silvergrass [I]
  • Muhlenbergia frondosa, Wirestem Muhli
  • Muhlenbergia glomerata, Spiked Muhli
  • Muhlenbergia mexicana, Mexican Muhli
  • Muhlenbergia schreberi, Nimblewill
  • Muhlenbergia tenuiflora, Slimflower Muhly
  • Oryzopsis asperifolia, Roughleaf Ricegrass
  • Oryzopsis racemosa, Blackseed Ricegrass
  • Panicum capillare, Witchgrass
  • Panicum rigidulum, Redtop Panicgrass
  • Panicum philadelphicum (=tuckermanii), Philadelphia Panicgrass
  • Panicum virgatum, Witchgrass
  • Paspalum laeve, Field Paspalum
  • Paspalum setaceum, Twin Paspalum
  • Phleum pratense, Timothy [I]
  • Phragmites australis, Common Reed
  • Poa alsodes, Grove Bluegrass
  • Poa annua, Annual Bluegrass [I]
  • Poa bulbosa, Bulbous Bluegrass [I]
  • Poa compressa, Canada Bluegrass [I]
  • Poa nemoralis, Wood Bluegrass [I?]
  • Poa palustris, Fowl Bluegrass
  • Poa pratensis, Kentucky Bluegrass [I?]
  • Poa sylvestris, Woodland Bluegrass
  • Schizachne purpurascens, False Melic
  • Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem
  • Secale cereale, Cereal Rye [I]
  • Setaria faberi, Japanese Bristlegrass [I]
  • Setaria pumila, Yellow Foxtail [I]
  • Setaria verticillata, Hooked Bristlebrush [I]
  • Setaria viridis, Green Bristlegrass [I]
  • Sorghastrum nutans, Indiangrass
  • Sorghum halepense, Johnsongrass [I]
  • Spartina pectinatta, Prairie Cordgrass
  • Sphenopholis intermedia, Slender Wedgescale
  • Sphenopholis nitida, Shiny Wedgescale
  • Sphenopholis obtusata, Prairie Wedgescale
  • Sporobolus compositus, Composite Dropseed
  • Sporobolus cryptandrus, Sand Dropseed
  • Stipa avenacea, Blackseed Speargrass
  • Tridens flavus, Purpletop Tridens
  • Triplasis purpurea, Purple Sandgrass [SC]
  • Triticum aestivum, Common Wheat [I]
  • Zizania aquatica, Annual Wildrice [T]
  • Vulpia [=Festuca] octoflora, Sixweeks Fescue


    Family Eriocaulaceae (pipeworts):
  • Eriocaulon aquaticum, Sevenangle Pipewort


    Family Hydrocharitaceae (tape-grasses):
  • Elodea canadensis, Canadian Waterweed
  • Vallisneria americana, American Eelgrass


    Family Juncaceae (rushes):
  • Juncus alpinoarticularis (=alpine), Northern Green Rush
  • Juncus anthelatus, Greater Poverty Rush
  • Juncus arcticus (=balticus), Mountain Rush
  • Juncus biflorus, Bog Rush
  • Juncus brachycephalus, Smallhead Rush
  • Juncus canadensis, Canadian Rush
  • Juncus dudleyi, Dudley’s Rush
  • Juncus effusus, Common Rush
  • Juncus greenei, Greene’s Rush
  • Juncus nodosus, Knotted Rush
  • Juncus scirpoides, Needlepod Rush [ST]
  • Juncus tenuis, Poverty Rush
  • Juncus torreyi, Torrey’s Rush
  • Luzula acuminata, Hairy Woodrush
  • Luzula multiflora, Common Woodrush


    Family Dioscoreaceae (yams):
  • Dioscorea vollosa, Wild Yam

    Family Iridaceae (irises):
  • Iris virginica, Virginia Iris
  • Sisyrinchium albidum, White Blue-eyed Grass
  • Sisyrinchium angustifolium, Narrowleaf Blue-eyed Grass

    Family Liliaceae (lilies):
  • Aletris farinosa, White Colicroot
  • Allium canadense, Meadow Garlic
  • Allium cernuum, Nodding Onion
  • Allium tricoccum, Ramp
  • Allium vineale, Wild Garlic [I]
  • Asparagus officinalis, Garden Asparagus [I]
  • Clintonia borealis, Bluebeard
  • Erythronium americanum, Dogtooth Violet [=Trout Lily]
  • Hemerocallis fulva, Orange Daylily (I)
  • Hypoxis hirsuta, Common Goldstar
  • Lilium michiganense, Michigan Lily
  • Lilium philadelphicum, Wood Lily
  • Maianthemum canadense, Canada Mayflower
  • Maianthemum racemosum, Feathery False Lily of the Valley
  • Mainthemum stellatum, Starry False Lily of the Valley
  • Medeola virginia, Indian Cucumber
  • Muscari botryoides, Common Grape Hyacinth [I]
  • Muscari neglectum, Starch Grape Hyacinth [I]
  • Ornithogalum umbellatum, Sleepydick [I]
  • Polygonatum biflorum, Smooth Solomon’s Seal
  • Polygonatum pubescens, Hairy Solomon’s Seal
  • Tofieldia glutinosa, Sticky Tofieldia
  • Trillium flexipes, Nodding Wakerobin
  • Trillium grandiflorum, White Trillium
  • Trillium recurvatum, Bloody Butcher [T]
  • Trillium sessile, Toadshade [T]
  • Trillium undulatum, Painted Trillium [E]
  • Uvularia grandiflora, Largeflower Bellwort
  • Zigadenus elegans, Mountain Ceathcamas

    Family Pontederiaceae (water-hyacinths):
  • Heteranthera dubia, Grassleaf Mudplantain
  • Pontederia cordata, Pickerelweed

    Family Smilacaceae (catbriers):
  • Smilax ecirrhata, Upright Carrionflower
  • Smilax illinoensis, Illinois Greenbrier
  • Smilax lasioneura, Blue Ridge Carrionflower
  • Smilax rotundifolia, Roundleaf Greenbrier
  • Smilax tamnoides, Bristly Greenbrier


    Family Juncaginaceae (arrow-grasses):
  • Triglochin maritima, Seaside Arrowgrass
  • Triglochin palustris, Marsh Arrowgrass

    Family Scheuchzeriaceae (rannoch-rush):
  • Scheuchzeria palustris, Rannoch-Rush

    Family Najadaceae (waternymphs):
  • Najas flexilis, Nodding Waternymph

    Family Potamogetonaceae (pondweeds):
  • Potamogeton amplifolius, Largeleaf Pondweed
  • Potamogeton bicupulatus, Snailseed Pondweed
  • Potamogeton illinoensis, Illinois Pondweed
  • Potamogeton nodosus, Longleaf Pondweed
  • Potamogeton richardsonii, Richardson’s Pondweed
  • Potamogeton zosteriformis, Flatstem Pondweed
  • Stuckenia pectinata, Sago Pondweed


    Family Orchidaceae (orchids):
  • Aplectrum hyemale, Adam and Eve
  • Calopogon tuberosus, Tuberous Grasspink
  • Corallorhiza maculata, Summer Coralroot
  • Corallorhiza odontorhiza, Autumn Coralroot
  • Cypripedium acaule, Moccasin Flower
  • Cypripedium candidum, White Lady’s Slipper [T]
  • Cypripedium parviflorum, Lesser Yellow Lady’s Slipper
  • Cypripedium reginae, Showy Lady’s Slipper
  • Dactylorhiza viridis (=Coeloglossum viride), Longbract Frog Orchid
  • Epipactis helleborine, Broadleaf Helleborine
  • Galearis spectabilis, Showy Orchid [T]
  • Goodyera pubescens, Downy Rattlesnake Plantain
  • Isotria medeoloides, Small Whorled Pogonia [E]
  • Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia [T]
  • Liparis liliifolia, Brown Widelip Orchid [SC]
  • Liparis loeselii, Yellow Widelip Orchid
  • Malaxis unifolia, Green Adder’s-mouth Orchid
  • Platanthera ciliaris, Yellow Fringed Orchid [T]
  • Platanthera clavellata, Small Green Wood Orchid
  • Platanthera flava, Palegreen Orchid
  • Platanthera hookeri, Hooker’s Orchid
  • Platanthera lacera, Green Fringed Orchid
  • Platanthera leucophaea, Prairie White Fringed Orchid [E]
  • Platanthera orbiculata, Lesser Roundleaved Orchid
  • Platanthera psycodes, Lesser Purple Fringed Orchid
  • Pogonia ophioglossoides, Snakemouth Orchid
  • Spiranthes cernua, Nodding Lady’s Tresses
  • Spiranthes magnicamporum, Great Plains Lady’s Tresses
  • Spiranthes ochroleuca, Yellow Nodding Lady’s Tresses [SC]
  • Spiranthes tuberosa, Little Lady’s Tresses
  • Tipularia discolor, Crippled Cranefly [T]
  • Triphora trianthophora, Threebirds [T]


    Family Sparganiaceae (bur-reeds):
  • Sparganium americanum, American Bur-reed
  • Sparganium eurycarpium, Broadfruit Bur-reed

    Family Typhaceae (cattails):
  • Typha angustifolia, Narrowleaf Cattail
  • Typha latifolia, Broadleaf Cattail
  • Last revised: 4/14/09.

    Victorian Amazing!

    We have a bride that is very traditional, and by traditional - I mean Queen Victoria. She loves lace and everything romantic about The Victorian Era.

    Maggie made this board for her, what do you think?

    Monday, March 9, 2009

    Song List

    This week Maggie and Emily were working on some new songs for brides, basically taking some of the tired old songs that we have heard countless gazillions of times, and giving the play list a bit of a refresher!

    There is a fine line between classic wedding songs and those that are overplayed. On that note, we decided to give you some suggestions to refresh your playlist.

    {Click to enlarge}

    Photo: Powers Photography

    Friday, March 6, 2009

    Walt Disney, Railroader

    From the collection of veteran Disney story artist and comics guy Don Dougherty come these terrific shots of Walt enjoying his obsession, apparently taken at the studio. As to who's who and exactly what year these were shot, I'm open to suggestions.
    EDITED TO ADD: A commenter named Steve offered this great extrapolation on the photos:

    "The top and bottom photos, as I recall (don't have my Broggie book in front of me) was taken in December 1949 during the Lilly Belle's first steam up. That's Eddie Sargent standing between Walt and Roger. He did the drawings for the Lilly Belle.

    The British engine with Walt in the middle was never run at Carolwood--it was damaged as it was being shipped over from England. However, you may want to note that when Walt was in the store buying that engine, another gentleman was trying to buy it as well. His name was Harper Goff. He didn't get the engine, but he did get a job at the Disney studios.

    Must be clicked to see them better. Thanks for sharing, Don[and Steve]!

    Let's Eat Cake! Mega Post!!!

    So you know the results of the event - you've seen some pictures. But really - what about those moments. The ones that will live in my mind forever.

    I'll tell you, one of my biggest fears was that we would have planned this huge event, had Kerry Vincent come to judge, had a great turn out of bakers, and then no one would show up, or it would only be my friends and family. Which would be wonderful. BUT.... you know, not the point of the event. And one moment, I remember hugging a dear friend, and then turning around just taking a moment to look around and realized I didn't recongize a single face. I got choked up... serioulsy humbling.

    Another one of my favorite moments was the Cake Auction, we had the bestest Auctioneer, he's a farm auctioneer, and I'd explain the cake, set a price, and he'd talk so fast, it was like a movie, I wish I had it on video! But- my 2 1/2 year old nieces decorated (drew on a rolled out piece of fondant) and we auctioned those off. I promised my sister I'd start the bidding at $1...but I got carried away, and started it at $5... immediately, Stewart Powers bid $40, and soon those cupycakes, were selling for more than $60- I look over at my sister and she was all red eyed, and bawling... so I lost it a weee bit on stage... it was a very touching moment, and I'll never forget the feeling in my heart and how amazing humbled I felt.

    My Nieces and their first appearance on stage:
    I loved our details, I mean, really, we should have a strong attention for details, but here are some of my favorites!
    Good Bags donated by Pure by Lindsey, PhoBooth, Me on the news, The amazing cakes that were for auction, Neal Leal winning Best of Show, Me chatting with the judges, my sister's cake, friends having fun, our amazing T-Shirts, the Drink Milks signs...
    I've been writing for an hour, and I am still not done, and I've already cried 3 times... I think I'll save more for another day.