The last reader-contributed photograph (original image) of 2006 is supplied by Eric in SF@Flickr. After tomorrow’s entry, I’m taking a “writing vacation” from BPotD until January 15, 2007. For the next four weeks, I’ll be posting some of my abstract botanical / landscape photographs from 2006 with little or no scientific commentary. If abstracts aren’t to your liking, I hope you’ll revisit the site in the middle of January when BPotD returns to its more traditional format.
In addition to relaying my thanks to Eric for today’s photograph (thank you, Eric!), I’d also like to thank everyone who has submitted photographs for BPotD since its inception. For those who have submitted, you may have noted I can’t use every photograph (whether it be for size, or repetition, or lack of imagination on my part to write something about the subject), but I do want to state that I appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness. Thank you to all of you.
Wilson’s barberry is named after the wife of the famous plant explorer, E.H. Wilson (thanks Greg and Peter – see comments below re: my mistake). If you’re researching the plant online, it is important that you also search for a misspelling of the scientific name, Berberis wilsonii, a common error which had creeped into the Wikipedia article on Berberis (though I’ve now corrected it).
Eric also has a photograph of the flowers on Flickr. You may note the strong resemblance to the flowers of Mahonia – Douglas’s comment on the Mahonia entry explains some of the differences between the two genera.
If you’re interested in reading more about the area of China where Berberis wilsoniae can be found (and some of E.H. Wilson’s adventures), Discover magazine published “The Mother of Gardens” in August 2005.
Lastly, I submitted the recent photograph of the varied thrush and Chinese mountain ash to the I and the Bird Blog Carnival, “a carnival celebrating the interaction of human and avian, an ongoing exploration of the endless fascination with birdlife all around the world”. It’s made an appearance in the text of I and the Bird 38 on the Ben Cruachan Blog. If you’re interested in birds at all, I and the Bird is certainly worth following.