Thursday, July 7, 2011

Things to Look For in July

Summer is so abundant! We're looking forward to a month of flowers and wild edibles. (Links are to previous years' LOOK FOR posts):

jewelweed
Photo credit: The Natural Capital
Jewelweed is a pretty flower, a sparkly wonder, a trailside snack, and a soothing skin treatment. What's not to love?

hummingbird and cardinal flower
Photo credit: The Natural Capital
I used to love cardinal flower just because it's a gorgeous flower. It took a few years before I realized that if you sit quietly for long enough by a large patch, a hummingbird will come by. And that takes it to another level.


Photo credit: brocktopia
Chantarelles are a choice culinary mushroom prized by chefs around the world. And they grow in Washington, DC.

rose mallow (hibiscus)
Photo credit: The Natural Capital
I always thought of hibiscus as a tropical flower. It's the kind of thing you expect to see printed on Hawaiian shirts, or tucked behind a hula dancer's ear. But we've got native hibiscus right here in DC. It blooms in July.

Tamias striatus
Photo credit: Gilles Gonthier
Chipmunks aren't particular to July...but it was about this time last year that I remarked that we've been seeing a lot more of them than we used to. We hear them a lot too: play the video in our post and you may realize you hear them more than you thought.