Put ’em together and what have you got?

We wandered through the amazingly lovely Kenilworth Gardens in DC to see ponds full of 7′ tall lotuses in full bloom. July 4 is the height of their annual water lotus and water lily display. Gates open at 8:30 AM. Best to be there early!

Flower lotus

Then we stopped at Panda Gourmet for lunch and discovered this carving. We probably would have considered the blossom and leaf an exaggeration, an artist’s fantasy, if we hadn’t just been surrounded by similar giant water lotuses!

Flower water lily Chinese

FYI: What is the difference between a water lily and a water lotus?

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The leaves of lotus are emergent, meaning that they rise above the water level whereas the leaves of waterlily are found floating on the water surface. Same is true for their respective flowers; lotus flowers are emergent and waterlily flowers are floating

“H”opt outside! Bunnies are big this year per us and WashPost!

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A “5-bunny” morning is pretty common here in southern MD. Even a “9-bunny” morning isn’t out of the question. Watching these crepuscular critters hop and gambol around the yard is such a treat!

Photos of bunny who was willing to pose, letting me get quite close. I wonder if it has hearing or vision issues because John reported similar visit with rabbit in same location.

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Bunny 2

Note tick on ear- a reminder to all of us to check carefully!

Gaff rigged schooner in summer haze

Sailboat gaff rigged schooner

This gaff rigged schooner is an enlargement of a long shot thru a telescope. Not very clear but so lovely! Per Wikipedia, for those of you who know something about sailing:

Gaff rig[1] is a sailing rig (configuration of sails, mast and stays) in which the sail is four-cornered, fore-and-aft rigged, controlled at its peak and, usually, its entire head by a spar (pole) called the gaff. Because of the size and shape of the sail, a gaff rig will have running backstays rather than permanent backstays.

The gaff enables a fore and aft sail to be four sided, rather than triangular. A gaff rig typically carries 25 percent more sail than an equivalent bermudian rig for a given hull design.[2]

A sail hoisted from a gaff is called a gaff-rigged (or, less commonly, gaff rigged or gaffrigged) sail.[3]

Why is this called the pink-striped oakworm moth?! Oh. Duh.

Insect Moth pink striped oak

Don’t you think “Sunset Moth” would be more appropriate than “Pink-striped Oakworm Moth”? Maybe not. Now that I look at it again there is a prominent pink stripe. It was on my kitchen screen door this morning offering a photo opportunity. It is a species of silk moth of the family Saturniidae and is considered a pest of forests because it defoliates trees. Primarily a pest of the urban forest, it is fairly common but not often abundant. Maybe that’s why I don’t recall seeing it before today. Adults do not feed. Males and females both have the white spot on wings. When I Googled it, I discovered lots of people take pictures of this colorful moth. One article said they don’t have antennae but I found a photo with lovely feather-like orange antennae.

 

License plate altered to protect the car owner’s privacy…

Journal angry bird car

A Crayola Moment for all you frustrated artists! Yesterday I found myself driving behind my favorite color car-  bright yellow, driven by a girl with bright yellow hair. Sky was bright blue with puffy white clouds. Take it from there! Would love to see your finished product!