For the moment I've given up on reading and turned to Spring for reassurance. Delving deeper into botany serves as a delightful distraction, particularly as buds open all around us. I found myself squinting at poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) flowers at Lake Merced today. They're tiny and not without charm. Their allure held me up for a second, but I resisted the urge to get a closer look with my hand lens. As much as I hang out with poison oak, I couldn't recall its family this afternoon (Anacardiaceae).
Learning plant families dominates my botanical pursuits at the moment. I might be a little obsessed with the families. I almost wish that when you asked people "What's this plant?" that they responded with the family instead of the species. I know it wouldn't be the most precise answer but how cool would it be to learn the families first? We learn the kingdom and then the species but I want what comes between them.
I've always taken comfort in counting, so I suppose it's natural for me to enjoy counting flower parts from the outside in. Here's some amateur flora porn from today's adventure with the families.