Monday, June 19, 2017

Everglades Water-Willow

 Everglades Water-Willow (Justica angusta).  Observed in two locations at the Babcock/Webb WMA in Punta Gorda, Florida.



 Beautiful little perennial wild flower which grows near fresh water and, as above, in standing water.


New wildflower to me...I got some ID help from Facebookers, Chris Evans, Linda Cooper and Carol Joan Gowing.  Thanks folks!
Above is my "go-to" reference for SW Florida wildflowers.


 Great name...Justica for Scottish botanist, James Justice...and angusta from the Latin, meaning "narrow" referring to the leaf shape.



 Solitary blossom on a rather long stem....pale purple here, but looked more blue at second location. 


 Appears to be a popular nectaring plant for small butterflies...here with a Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor).




 Here with a Little Metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis).


Kaufman guides are great for "birds and bugs!"

Always something new to see at "The Webb"....can't wait to get back!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Rural Vietnam: village walkabout NE of Hue City



Rural SE Asia hasn't changed much since my first visit with the 1st Marine Division in the 60's.....houses grouped in small hamlets surrounded by rice paddies.  Now there is electricity and more vehicles, but as always rice is the dominant feature outside Vietnam's bustling cities.
While working with a medical team from Vets With a Mission is a small hamlet I took my camera on a walkabout lunch break.


Central Vietnam grows lots of rice along the lowland habitat along it's east coast.  Quang Thai is located about an hour NW of Hue City.





Rice rules all over SE Asia...it's the diet staple and the dominant food crop.

Interested to know more?



Not exactly a "nature" post....but agriculture is really part of nature.....albeit altered to suit man.


Local clinic...out team treated over 100 patients each day.






Dr Mike...our medical director.








Dr Oscar briefs Vietnam Vet Ron about where this patient goes next.
















Sugar cane.







Tobacco.



Still more water buffalo than tractors.  Not being plowing time...the gang is having a pool party!


Too much chemicals is use everywhere in SE Asia.

They were organic farmers for centuries....not anymore.
















































VWAM van drivers relax during lunch.  Can't get away from those stupid phones no matter where you go!






































Rau moung....quintessential vegetable of rural Vietnam.








Looks like a Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus) the wild progenitor of domestic chickens.






















Lunch break is over!  Time to grab my kit and get back to triage!