Benjamin Haughton (British, 1865–1924). Nasturtiums, ca. 1909. Oil on board, 30.5 x 22.5 cm. Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services, UK.

Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are native to Peru. “[T]he Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus … chose the genus name because the plant reminded him of an ancient custom. After victory in battle, the Romans used to set up a trophy pole called a tropaeum (from the Greek tropaion, source of English "trophy”). On this the armour and weapons of the vanquished foe were hung. Linnaeus was reminded of this by the plant as the round leaves resembled shields and the flowers, blood-stained helmets.“ – Wikipedia, referencing: Perry, Frances (1972). Flowers of the World, The Hamlyn Publishing Group, pp. 298–300.

To do list this year

•Go to a museum that has a lot of pretty textured oil paintings
•Haunted hiking trail after midnight
•Sequoia national park
•A water park
•A theme park
•The beach
•Somewhere that snows for the first time