“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”  Confucius Carolus Linnaeus, the “father of modern taxonomy,” was a Swedish botanist, zoologist, taxonomist, and physician who detailed the binomial system of nomenclature.  Nomenclature is a set, or system, of names used by a particular individual or group. This modern, two-name system classifiesContinue reading “Nomenclature”


“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”  A.A.Milne In lawns and other manicured green spaces, weedy species of plants are undesirable and burdensome, often a mark of disgrace, bringing judgement upon the gardener.  These misplaced plants are denounced for their pervasive, prolific, and pushy presence in every plot of land that humansContinue reading “Weeds”


“Like wildflowers, you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.”    –  Unknown Living in northern Alaska,  I was acutely aware of my place on the planet. The brilliant, stark, icy, white tundra juxtaposed to the warm, saturated, vivid, technicolor sky was an awe-inspiring landscape of infinite beauty. Continue reading “Aspect”