Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


A flower — can anyone identify the species? (I have a guess as to its identity but I might be wrong).

Image: David Harmon.

As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to share them with my readership. My purpose for posting these images is to remind all of us of the grandeur of the natural world and that there is a world out there that is populated by millions of unique species. We are a part of this world whether we like it or not: we have a choice to either preserve these species or to destroy them in search of short-term monetary gains. But if we decide to destroy these other life forms, the least we can do is to know what we are destroying by learning that they exist. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer JPG format) that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about the image and how you’d like it to be credited.



  1. #1 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    January 28, 2007

    It looks like a Dahlia.

  2. #2 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    January 28, 2007
  3. #3 llewelly
    January 28, 2007

    Mustafa Mond, you left the ‘h’ off of the url in your Dalia link.

  4. #4 david1947
    January 28, 2007

    it is a Dahlia. One of what must be hundreds of varieties, some of which are quite startling. My wife cultivates them, and has this very one in her collection. About 600 sq ft. These are almost never seen in isolation; this must be an escapee. I have about 50 photos from last year.

  5. #5 David Harmon
    January 28, 2007

    “These are almost never seen in isolation; this must be an escapee.”

    Actually, it’s just a close view… this one was perfectly happy with its buddies in someone’s front yard. (This was from my “local” shots rather than with the Charlottesville fungi pics.) It may not be “wild”, but I was nevertheless impressed with its symmetry (and good condition fairly late in the fall). I’m fascinated by plants with complex structure, but a lot of my shots of mosses and twining foliage didn’t look so good in 2-D.

  6. #6 david1947
    February 3, 2007

    Dahlias peak August – September and may even hang on into November in a protected area; they are a late flowering species

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