Clouds Got In Our Way!

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Clouds got in our way, erasing the sunset last night.

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They floated north like a great barge on the water, erasing the river.

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But to the south a pink and golden cut reminded us that the sun was still lighting the clouds from above as it slipped, unseen, toward our horizon.

If tonight were clear we would enjoy the thinnest crescent moon, bright Venus and faint Mercury. But clouds are already in our way. Perhaps your sky is clear?

FINGER DRAWING IS FUN!

 

finger-art-1If you have an iPhone 6 there is an app that comes with it called “Memo”. It allows you to draw on the screen with your finger. Go to “Notes”. Click on the plus sign. Then click on the squiggle. A selection of drawing tools comes up. There is a black circle to the right of the tools. Click on it to get to the color options.The trouble with finger art is a lack of control. For example you have to look part way down the page to find my colored-in boat drawing.finger-art-3

I love the challenge!  Failures are simply new discoveries!finger-art-2finger-art-4

Please share your attempts! And enjoy the option of being able to draw anywhere, any time- since who is ever without phone any more?!

I AM SO EMBARRASSED BY HOW FEW TREES I CAN IDENTIFY!

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I keep taking photos of leaves but only know the generic tree name. Yesterday I put leaf photos  on my blog because of their lovely colors but didn’t try to identify them. It’s not even like there are a lot of different trees. Let’s show them some respect and find out who they are! This is a tulip tree leaf. The trees are straight and tall. In the spring they have flowers that look like green and yellow petaled tulips with orange centers. The flowers are way up high. The only time you can see them clearly is when a caterpillar chews through a stem and the blossom falls to the road.

These are sycamore leaves. They can be very large. Sycamore trees grow near water. Their bark looks like green, tan and gray Army camouflage. In the winter the trunks look white or even blue. They may line a riverbank like a collection of white tree skeletons.

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And then there are the endless oaks. This is a Spanish Oak leaf. It is a little different from what we think of as a ‘traditional’ oak leaf.

The photo on the left is a single Willow Oak leaf. The group on the right show lots of willow oak leaves the way they normally look on the ground. The trees are large and very symmetrical. They are covered with lots of very small leaves.  If I can ID some other leaves I will share. But don’t stay up all night waiting!eye-song-3

PS. This leaf from yesterday’s blog is a Sweet Gum. Their colors range from yellow to almost purple. The leaves are shaped like stars. (I need a better example…) I used them to decorate a cactus one Christmas. They grow along roads. Fields around here that go unmowed for a year quickly fill up with sweet gum saplings. You can tell how long it has been since a field was mowed by how tall the sweet gum trees are.

MEET A WIDOW-MAKER!

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It’s always nice to see our tax dollars at work! Check out the top of the dead tree hanging across our road in the morning rain. At any time it might fall on a passing car so it is commonly called a ‘Widow-Maker’.  Three trucks and seven men watched the eighth  man apply a chainsaw to the trunk. Photo does not include the other truck with three men, warm and dry, inside.

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Then three trucks and seven men watched as the eighth man tried to push the tree over.

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Eventually the tree gave up

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and was quickly gobbled up by the big red shredder. No widows were made!

 

THIS MAY BE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO THANK A ZINNIA THIS YEAR!

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Don’t worry if you missed the first frost! There will be another soon enough.

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The first ones turn the weeds into sugarplum fairies!

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I especially love the icy leaf edges.

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Meanwhile, seek out a surviving flower and meditate on summer. This may be your last chance to thank a zinnia this year!