Monday, 22 February 2010

Lily of the Incas

 

Tonight's drawing is of a particular species of Alstroemeria by the name of Alstroemeria aurantiaca.  The species in the genus, Alstroemeria, are commonly known as Peruvian Lilies or Lily of the Incas.  This South American native is seen growing mainly in two areas:  central Chile and in eastern Brazil.  There are approximately 50 species of Alstroemeria.  The Family name, not surprisingly, is Alstroemeriaceae!

The genus was named for the Swedish baron, Clas Alstromer, who collected the seeds on a trip to South America  in 1753.  Alstromer was evidently quite enchanted by the flowers which, as you can see from the drawing above, are quite showy and bear similarities to lilies and amaryllis.

I have come across good photos of a couple of other species of Alstroemeria so you may be seeing drawings of these in the near future. 


  

 Tonight's funny picture shows a Canada Goose chasing a fox!

Never underestimate the ferocity of a Canada Goose -- especially in the spring when the snow is melting and nesting time begins!

It is always delightful to see nesting birds chasing away much stronger prey animals.  Just like the Redwing Blackbird that once attacked me near Harbourfront when I unknowingly walked too close to its nest.  I have even seen a sparrow try to attack a car as the driver attempted to park under its nesting tree!

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I hope that none of my Ontario readers have been unduly affected by the snow.  Thankfully, as is usual these days, we had very little snow in downtown Toronto.  We are supposed to get more later in the week so we may not be so fortunate this next time.

May peace be with you all.

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