Friday, April 25, 2008
Fire and Ice
Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus).
Captured during his unannounced guest appearance at the Fire and Ice show1.
Alabama Power's indiscriminate and ugly tree-removal policies have saddened me every time I drive this road.2
But when the sun warmed that questionably broad path, I was surprised at what popped up.
Wild hyacinths (Camassia scilloides). They dot the woods beyond the power lines, but this much sun exposure (and no late killing frost this year) caused a population explosion.
I doubt they'll last here long -- brush will dominate within a year or two, choking out anything this small.
But obviously, they can lie dormant, waiting for the day when they feel the sun again.
1Fire Pinks and Wild Hyacinths
2They don't practice quite so much dogwood-twisting tree torture in ritzy lawyer-heavy Birmingham suburbs, but out here in rural areas, I'm sure they figure no one of importance will mind.