Thursday, August 14, 2014

Wild edible "weeds" - PURSLANE

Have been finding it along most sidewalks by the curb, purslane, which is edible. Remember if you decide to try sampling any plant growing around, double triple check its id. Recall talking with someone who gave a lift to a hitchhiker who was so excited to share what he found. Wild carrots, but the person who teaches classes in wild edible plants, informed him to wash his hands and toss the stuff as was hemlock, and quite poisonous.
Next, dont eat something on side of road due to toxins from gas,brake dust....  dog feces....
Purslane , if recall what read as a child (checked all the wild edible plant books out of the library ), it could be eaten raw in a salad or cooked, someone had a recipe with bacon for the purslane. It almost is a succulent like plant, on the bland side.
  Purslane heard in last few years also has omega 3 fatty acids, which posibly some people need more of.
Not everyone can access the omega 3's from purslane, (forget if a genetic thing or what ).  Also wonder if in the leaves or seeds. The seeds are like poppy seeds and the plant has quite a few (as can attest to many new little plants in my front yard.
Prolific  Purslane on the sidewalk 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Magic in the Air - Dancing Butterlies

Believe these Butterflies we saw in a parking lot are Western Swallowtails. Was so surreal and magical watching them fly, able to fly slowly moving their wings.  Found this website on southern California butterflies with information, so many beautiful photos!. -   
Want to get a better camera, this one is pretty good from the drug store, to bring with. 

There is so much to see, when not in a rush, all around us. 

Saw these surreal Swallowtail butterflies while in a parking lot.

Swallowtail butterflies on median in parking lot on Saturday!
Trying to figure how to put an edging to photos on this blog.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Little praying mantis

Was sitting on the patio to take a break (from sitting in the house doing computer work), noticed
a butterfly that visits often and stays for hours. A Mourning(morning) Cloak. Noticed some sweet peas flowering (no scent, are perennial ), was going to pick a few flowers to freeze and try to use for fabric dye later (read about that in a book on online). As walking into house noticed a little guy sitting on wrist, praying mantis. Got my son to help me look for anymore as didnt want to freeze them.

Has such character . Kept looking at the camera then at us.
Took a photo and son released it back to pea plant.
So small!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Horned caterpillars and moths

Found Giant caterpillars while in front yard. 2, were on the California Fushia (Zauchneria).
THink they are from the moths seen a month or so ago. If I found the right name for them, seem to be world wide according to the website link I put below.
Hopefully wont be gross to look at. Very bright and colorful, not blend in at all!
Hyles lineata – White-lined Sphinx Moth

Why they can be  in the hot sun (90's)?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Was walking and found some tiny,tiny butterflies. They were on Russian thistle,  Atriplex and Buckwheat.
They flew in such a skitery manner, so dont usually light on a plant. See groups sometimes. More active early, not so much midday.
Western Pygmy Blue Butterfly

Thursday, June 19, 2014

  While walking to the bus stop after getting food, noticed 
"dates" under a palm tree. They look JUST like dates can 
get at the grocery store!! 
Last year in this same valley found a
Palm tree growing dates. They taste quite good, scraped off skin
and cut a peice of the inside just to taste. Since next to a signal light
and quite busy road, wasnt going to eat the enviromental waste that
collected on/in it. It looked like a phoenix date palm. 
Simi Valley can grow some dates!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Went for a walk last week and noticed a Sycamore that always looked so nice and cheered me up, was not looking so good. Wondr if people could help heal and cure it. Is it just low water or did something else happen. The county has sprayed nearby to clear "weds" from edge of roadway. Which doesnt make sense to me as there is then all this dead dry flammable stuff, and poison for us to walk thru and runoff to streets and gutters to arroyas and eventually ocean. The county then gets fined by the US for having bad stuff put into ocean. I stopped by the Sycamore tree, is actually a small grouping of trees, and tried to imagine energy from me to the ground earth and to the sky and share with the tree. Wonder how old they are.

Sycamore Trees Moorpark