Howdy, my name is Rick. I am a 23 yr old fulltime student currently living on campus. I was raised in Newport News, Virginia and I have moved up to Fairbanks only recently. While I am currently pursuing a degree in Wildlife Biology, I am debating switching over to a different nature related major. I enjoy hiking/various outdoor activities, going to the gym, playing video games, and writing in general.

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  1. Welcome Rick, what a beautiful picture. There is something calming about these very symmetrical flowers in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). As one of the largest and most diverse plant families, the flowers are highly variable, and there is a beautiful range of colors and forms. If you like to read more about the evolution of the flowering head of Asteraceae, check out this paper The figure is from this paper, hot off the press from 2024.

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