Wendy De la Garza
Weedon Island Preserve Spotted Horsemint plant (Monarda punctata)
Updated: Dec 7, 2022
There’s no better way to learn about plants than with photography. My camera is my go-to science tool. Spend the time and lovingly count leaves with it. You can even use your cell phone. Your best camera is the one you have. With a cell phone it’s also easy to post your shots on the iNaturalist app to track your discoveries and see someone else’s.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched my favorite movies a thousand times. Each time I see something different. Flowers are even better because they come with smells (not just popcorn, and if you are Texan, pickles). Spotted Horsemint is in the mint family. I try not to touch, but it can’t help but show up on your clothes as you walk through it.
So, how many ways can you see Spotted Horsemint (aka “bee balm”) with a 50mm lens?
The more I look, the better I see.
I tried using the Seek app on a dried plant. It read “Mint family.” I thought that was pretty amazing! So many characteristics go into a correct identification.
Until next season!! (Hopefully with a macro lens and fresh eyes.) There are so many bees around to photograph while I’m at it. And with surround sound of buzz.