Gardening Magazine

Links – February 8, 2013

By Pattyhankins @PattyHankins

Fish Peppers

Fish Peppers (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

National Wildlife Federation has Nonnative Plants: Ecological Traps?

Ecosystem Gardening has What Did Black Swallowtails Eat Before we Brought In Parsley, Dill, and Queen Anne’s Lace?

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

Los Angeles Times has Petroglyphs stolen from sacred eastern Sierra site recovered

National Parks Traveler has Big Cypress National Preserve Facing Lawsuit Over Off-Road Vehicle Networks

Wildlife Links

National Parks Traveler has Wolverine Proposed For Listing As A Threatened Species, Could Affect Yellowstone Winter Use

Africa Geographic has The 10 Best Wildlife Sightings of 2012

BBC has India and Nepal begin Royal Bengal tiger census

The New York Times has A Burden of Care Over Seized Exotic Wildlife in Thailand

The Washington Times has Albatross named Wisdom astounds scientists by producing chick at age 62

Photography and Art Links

Dan Williams Bird Photography has Using Fog to Create Depth in Your Photos and A Quiet Cove on the Potomac…..

Creativity Tech has Hollywood Looks for Permission to Shoot from Drones – What About Privacy?


Daily Mail has That’s deep! Artist mixes toy figures with fish in surreal underwater scenes

Russ Bishop Photography has Cold Snap – Tips for Successful Winter Photography

DC Area Flower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next Meetup is scheduled for Sunday, February 10th at Longwood Gardens in Bethesda,MD. The Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens is always amazing. It’s one of my favorite times of the year to visit Longwood.

Info is at

Plan for this meetup is to meet at 6:30 AM at the Grosvenor Metro Station. Then we can carpool to Longwood. It takes just over 2 hours to get there. My suggestion would be that we plan on photographing in the Conservatory in the morning – then meet for lunch at 11:30 in the restaurant. After that – depending on what people what to do – either keep shooting – or head on back.

Garden admission is $18. You can purchase a ticket online at or you can get one when we get there. I doubt there will be problems getting tickets at the door on a Sunday morning for Orchid Extravaganza. But if you want to make sure you get one – go ahead and purchase a an entry ticket for 9 AM on Feb 10.

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