Wildflowers in the Walking Trail - Gardening and Hobby 47

Sunday, December 3, 2023
 There are plenty of wildflowers in walking trails in our city, Baton Rouge. Based on internet sources, the species are no less than 200.

Fig 01- One of wildflowers

One of wildflowers we encounter when we are walking that is "purple" flowers. Based on GoogleID, the flower is identified as Ruellia humilis.

The common name of this flower is the dwarf wild petunia, native to the southeastern states of the USA.

The flower may reach 12 inches (31 cm), perennial flower and grow well during Spring to Autumn in the nature.

Our city has some good trails to observe wildflowers. The length of trails from 1 mile to 3.5 miles. Our favorite trail is 1.5 miles.

Fig 02 - Unidentified wildflowers.

Some walking trails in our city are Louisiana State University (LSU), South boulevard levee, Gus Kinchen, Dawson creek and Ward creek.

Image 3 - Wild tabasco on the trail

We love the LSU trail, since the trail is comfortable for us with only 1.5 mile long. We just need 30 minutes daily walking.

Fig 04 - Wild Tabasco flowers?

We observe some wildflowers while walking that are iris, crossvine, black-eyed Susan, azalea and hibiscus.

Fig 05 - A wildflower, Ruellia humilis.

Do you recognize some wildflowers?

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The Mysteriou Dog Respiratory Illness - Sign 60

Friday, December 1, 2023
 The mystery respiratory disease spreading rapidly with dogs in our state, Louisiana recently. Our friends who visit by dog parks frequently said 3 of 5 dogs got it.

Fig 01 - Mysterious Dog Respiratory Illness

All fast with symptoms in one night.
One of our friends' dogs is still at LSU (Louisiana State University) veterinary teaching hospital.

The dog has progressed to pneumonia and lack of oxygen has affected dog's (his) heart. He is a young Great Dane.

This illness does not respond well or respond at all to antibiotics. Started or was found in Colorado two weeks ago.

Took less than 3 days to travel from states of Florida (FL) to Mississippi (MS), then to here, Louisiana.

Fig 02- A dog in the park, just illustration.

Just to remind, please take precautions until there is more information. Make sure your dogs are up to date on vaccines.

Fig 03- Morning in our neighborhood.

Reducing contact with large numbers of unknown dogs. Just like with other respiratory pathogens, the more contacts your dog has, the greater the risk of encountering a dog that’s infectious.

Fig 04 - A dog in the park.

Reducing contact with sick dogs. This can be harder to determine but if a dog looks sick (coughing, runny nose, runny eyes), keep your dog away from it.

Fig 05 - A bridge, just for illustration.

Keep sick dogs at home and seek veterinary care. Avoid communal water bowls shared by multiple dogs.

Fig 06- A dog, run away at neighborhood.

Do you know about this disease?

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The Colorful of Male Painted Bunting - Critter 60

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Early autumn, we got another bunting as a visitor of our neighborhood. Sure, this is male bunting, since its colorful.

Fig 01- A painted bunting

Based on GoogleID, the scientific name for this painted bunting is a Passerina ciris, and its included as one of small songbirds in our areas with length size of about 4 inches (10 cm).

The combine colors for males of this species are green, yellow, blue and red. Very attractive plumage.

The birds are native to South and North America, hence should be common birds in our state, Louisiana. However, we don't know why we have seen rarely this bird, especially in recent years.

Fig 02- A painted bunting on feeder

The birds should be founding in their natural habitats such as parks, woodlands and brushy areas.

Fig 03 - Forests, sea and a boat, illustration.

In nature, diet of the birds is insects, they consume in the bushes and on the grounds. 

Fig 04- A countryside, just illustration

On the feeders, they love to eat seeds (sunflower seeds) and even fruit. They might need to adjust their diet in addition to insects. 

Fig 05 - A male Painted bunting

Have you ever seen this species of painted bunting in nature?

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The Silly Name, but Serious Pizza - Sign 59

Friday, November 24, 2023
 You might not familiar or not know a pizza called "Schlitz & Giggles, silly name serious pizza" which is sold in our city.

Image 1 - Schlittz & Giggles, a pizzeria in our city.

Schlittz refers to "schlitz," a German word which means cut or a pizza slice. The giggles, as you know, refer to laughter. 

So, Schlitz & Giggles could be mean the way of eating a slice of pizza with playful and enjoying.

Schlitz & Giggles serve for 15 years in our city, Baton Rouge, sure they are serious about pizza in term of freshness of their ingredients and dough.

The special of this pizza is its crispy crust and flavor because it is cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Fig 02 - Slices of pizza, ready to consume.

Fig 03- A window, just illustration.

Fig 04- The crispy crust pizza.

Do you like pizza? what brands?

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The Blue Jay Babies in the Nature - Critter 59

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Last summer, we saw "something" over the tree at our backyard. When we approach, there was a nest. A bird nest. 

Fig 01- The little bird in the nest

In the early morning, mama bird was flying around squawking like crazy. We wish it had been brighter outside so I could have gotten a good look at her. We still do not know what kind of bird she is.

We stayed outside, sitting on the ground about 30 feet (9.1 m) away from the tree, for about an hour, then came back inside.

Another morning we tried again to take a look at the nest, but it was upsetting mama bird so much we just backed away. We couldn't even get close enough to pull the SD card from our Stealth Cam.

Fig 02- The weak little bird in the nest.

We had to leave for a while, then we'll be checking the nest as soon as possible. Also, we hope mama bird will allow us to get to our Stealth Cam.

Fig 03- Trees at our neighborhood

We don't mind being dive bombed but We don't want to stress mama bird out any more than she already is.

Fig 04- The trees, just illustration

We saw mama bird, we believe that it is a blue jay, since it has the body shape as we know with the longish tail feathers.

Fig 05 - Hiding nest on the tree.

This is the best description we could get with her moving around so quickly and dive bombing my head.

Fig 06- Several babies bird on the tree.

Have you seen this kind of babies' bird in the nature?

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The Pink Silk Tulip - Gardening and Hobby 46

Friday, November 17, 2023
 The pink silk tulip is believed come from Netherland, breeding by about 17th century. Quite long time ago. 

Fig 01- The vase of pink silk tulip

Pink silk tulips were known to be cultivated in the USA by around the 18th century. It is one of the popular flowers for bouquets or arrangements in certain seasons, especially Spring.

In addition to bouquets and arrangements, many people enjoy the pink silk tulips in many different manners such as admiring flowers in a simple vase and planting them in the indoor or outdoor gardens.

Sure, the pink silk tulip is beautiful and versatile flowers. The simple cares could make flowers last for weeks.

Fig 02- Another variety of tulip flowers.

Just to let you know that there are about 3,000 variety of tulips in the world. Several popular tulips, just for examples are Triumph tulips, Lily flower tulips, Fringed tulips and Parrot tulips.

Fig 03- In the corner of the garden

Do you love tulips? 

what variety?

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The Hummingbird in the Autumn- Critter 58

Monday, November 13, 2023

Fig 01- A hummingbird on the feeder

This year, our yard has been visited by hummingbird even temperatures getting colder, Autum already.

Based on the GoogleID, the bird is identified as a rufous hummingbird with scientific name, Selasphorus rufus.

This hummingbird should immigrate to further southern to the country such as Mexico or Central America regions.

This little critter love to consume nectar from colorful flowers some of them are scarlet gilia, penstemon, mints, lilies, fireweeds and larkspurs.

Fig 2- Lantana flowers, illustration only.

Fig 03- Flowers at the corner, illustration only

Did hummingbirds visit your areas?

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