Featuring Digital PhotoArt of Rainbow Creek
by: brendasue

The Birds of Rainbow Creek

The Birds of Rainbow Creek
by: brendasue of Kates Cabin Bird Sanctuary in Waller County, Texas

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Butterfly Pea Vine, Morning Glory & Mr. Whiskers! by: brendasue

Hi Everybody!  Come In For Show And Tell Today

                 Our Sun 7-24-10  by:  brendasue

Because of Light and Heat from Our Sun, there is Life On Earth.
Without this energy source, there would be no life.

We see the sunset (above). It is actually the Earth rotating on its axis in addition to orbiting around the sun that gives us the illusion that the sun is going up or down. The Earth is in constant motion, never stopping. We, who live on Earth, are always moving even when we are asleep.  Our Sun is the center essence of our solar system. Earth and all the other planets in our solar system, orbit around the sun. The planets closest in distance to the sun take less time to make the complete orbital trip around the sun, while planets further away in distance take much longer to complete their orbit around the sun. Planet Earth is third in distance from the sun and it takes around 365 days to make one complete orbit around the sun. 

       Heavenly Blue Morning Glory on Rainbow Creek       by:  brendasue

My Mom loved theses big blue morning glories and my Dad hated them. Mom was always planting seeds (or transplants) when Dad wasn't looking.  Dad was always pulling out the plants by the roots when Mom wasn't looking. As I saw what both were doing, I have to say I understand why Mom loved them, and I understand, probably more so, why Dad hated them.

They are a beautiful blue flower that hummingbirds love. But they grow on a very aggressive vine that will choke out other plants, shrubs and trees if left unchecked. To my gardening friends, I will say I have only planted two things in life that I regret putting in my yard. One is the blue morning glory that Mom secretly planted on my fence. The other is bamboo that I planted.

       wild morning glory on Rainbow Creek    by:  brendasue

In the native morning glories of this area, the flowers are lavender.

      butterfly pea vine (native)                  by:  brendasue

The wild pea vines in the area have lavender flowers also.

               butterfly pea vine (native)    by:  brendasue

Here you can see the leaf shape.

            double blue butterfly pea vine flower         by:  brendasue

This is the one that most gardeners want, the double blue flowers.
This is a tropical vine preferring zones 10 or 11. It does very well here in zone 9. It will freeze. Comes up well from seed.
The pea pod is edible when it is young and tender. In some places, the flowers are eaten. Battered and deep fried. Also, they are used to color the rice in some dishes. A drink is made out of the blue syrup from the flowers and roots are used in Indian medicine.

                          true blue      by:  brendasue

A beautiful flower and a very interesting plant.  Tasty, too!

Hello Everyone,    I am Mr. Whiskers, a cotton-tailed rabbit.

Let The Class Begin!

In our photostudy today, we will look at how Mr. Whiskers looks around at his world. They are always 'on guard'.

This concludes the photostudy of the cotton-tailed rabbit.

Remember what Mr. Whiskers says:  Stop,  Look,  and Listen!!

...........this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek



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