Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
The Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, sometimes called the "milkweek butterfly," is an amazing looking caterpiller. Will these butterflies overwinter at the Mariposa Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in the cloud-forested mountains of central Mexico? If so, they prefer to gather around a certain fir tree . . . Abies religiosa . . . .
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Hypericum calycinum is an evergreen ground cover with a startlingly yellow flower. Related to St. John's Wort ~ Hypericum perforatum. St. John's Wort was gathered and burned to ward off evil spirits on the eve of St. John's Day, mid-summer or summer solstice feast, usually around June 24. The term 'wort' refers to the 'plant' or 'herb' aspect. Traced before 1000 to Middle English and Old English wyrt --descended from the German, würze or spice.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
"I hate my verses, every line, every word.
Oh pale and brittle pencils ever to try
One grass-blade's curve, or the throat of one bird
That clings to twig, ruffled against white sky.
Oh cracked and twilight mirrors ever to catch
Hash, of the splendor of things.
Oh bullets of wax,
The lion beauty, the wild-swan wings, the storm of the wings."
--This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game.
Better bullets than yours would miss the white breast
Better mirrors than yours would crack in the flame.
Does it matter whether you hate your . . . self?
At least Love your eyes that can see, your mind that can
Hear the music, the thunder of the wings.
Love the wild swan.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Talk about foresight, in 1888 Rochester's Board of Park Commissioners created open space for the first parks according to the Landmark Society.
Olmsted's three major parks in Rochester each represented different landscape styles: Highland Park, created on land donated to the city by horticulturists George Ellwanger and Patrick Barry, is an arboretum of plants and shrubs emphasizing vistas both internally and for a hundred miles to the Finger Lakes. Genesee Valley Park was designed in classic pastoral style along the Genesee River. Seneca Park's rugged terrain north of the falls inspires. Thanks for the history, LS.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
- "Snow Falling on Cedars" because it's the perfect image
- anticipatory spring fever ~ crocus, daffodil have already poked out
- the coffee smells intoxicating
- rhododendrons, cedar, hemlock are green against the white
- the silhouette of maple, oak, ash branches on a blue-gray sky is for watercolorists
- reruns of film noir are on TCM
- you can see the wind in snowspouts
- it's not Siberia
- there's nothing like a group of people pushing someone out of a snowbank for happy comradarie
- it gives you time to think . . . think about spring.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Earth Day falls in the Spring welcoming longer and longer days.
He said that the values of the 60s came out of suburbia - a resurgence of individualism in order to open up people's tolerance and acceptance of things that are different.
Read this CBC report on Reich today.
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