Monday, 10 May 2010

Saxifraga stolonifera

Tonight's drawing of Saxifraga stolonifera is an enlargement of what is really a small flowering plant often used as ground cover as shown in the photo just below.

I was inspired to do this drawing when my friend, Hylott (from Birmingham, Alabama) sent me a photograph of Saxifraga stolonifera growing in his yard this spring -- although he called it "Strawberry Begonia" which is one of several common names for the plant.  It is also known as "Strawberry Geranium"  although it is neither a geranium nor a begonia!

This plant is native to Asia but has been introduced to most other continents, mainly for use as an ornamental.  A popular garden flower, it has attractive white blossoms with distinctive pointed petals and a bright yellow centre.  Its creeping green foliage makes good groundcover.  The plant spreads via threadlike "stolon" (or runners) which is where the "stolon" comes from in its species name.  The foliage is occasionally used fresh or cooked in Japanese cuisine.

This plant is of the family, Saxifragaceae; genus, Saxifraga; species S. stolonifera.   

Next I want to show you a series of fascinating photos sent to me this past week by my friend, Amra.  She knows how much I enjoy photos of all those wonderful creatures with whom we share the planet and I especially like such photos when they tell a wonderful story such as the following:

                            I COME IN PEACE

These striking images of a wild polar bear coming upon tethered sled dogs in the wilds of Canada's Hudson Bay were taken by Norbert Rosing.  The photographer was sure he was going to see the end of his dogs when the polar bear wandered in.  

It is hard to believe that this polar bear only needed a hug!  The polar bear returned every night that week to play with the dogs and to get his nightly hug.  
See below.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if people could make peace so easily.

So allow me to say:  "peace be with you all".

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