Monday, June 05, 2017

silent spring

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"If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity." -- Albert Einstein



This pic was taken on May 11.  This is the first honeybee I saw in 2017.  Glad to see her, but I miss all of her sisters and cousins............


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Sunday, June 04, 2017

sign of global warming?

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"Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive." -Eleanor Roosevelt



This is about four feet tall.  Springing from the earth on a stem that must have been over 1.5" in diameter.

There were at least four of them here, in the middle of someone's front yard, a couple of blocks from my house.




Looks like something you'd see in the "tropical room" at the botanical garden, doesn't it?



When I got this close, I noticed it was stinky.



There were flies.



I didn't realize I'd captured a fly until I saw it on "the big screen."


I googled fly pollinate large flower, but didn't see it

Someone on Instagram suggested it was a corpse flower, and someone else offered the Latin name -- Amorphophalus Titanum.

Everyone who commented on my Instagram account was surprised that it grew from the ground in Michigan. 

I think it's creepy, and wouldn't give it space.  But it's interesting.  Not something you see every day, walking in suburban southeast Michigan!

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

tulips

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"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." -- Charles Dickens



These are the same tulips we saw with their shadow (and with my shadow).  It was cool enough when they were standing here that they lasted and lasted.



Wow.  Right?  I did not do anything to enhance this color.  Its just as the phone remembers it.


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Thursday, June 01, 2017

iris

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"If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything." -— Irene Dunne



I think of this being a "regular iris."  It was short, and lots earlier than the rest of the "regular iris," but the flower is "regular iris"..............


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

water is life

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Long shadows in the early-morning sunlight.  Only at the far right can we see the beginning of branches in the shadow of the tree at the far left.



Sky over West Park.



Water is life.  What a difference a pond makes!



Big birds are now commonplace in West Park.  Closer crop of the above.




I have seen a heron in the pond about half a dozen times.  This is the first time I saw one actively fishing.

Its tail is toward us.  We can see the top of its back in the sun, and part of its left side.  Its head and neck are under the water. 

I didn't get a pic of the heron swallowing a fish, but I saw it.  If the fish had been fish-colored, I don't know that I'd have been able to see it (think about that pic of the pond at the top of this post -- that's how far away I was).  But the fish was a bright orange goldfish, so I could see it clearly against the more natural colors of the heron's beak. 

The pond is full of fish.  Plenty for more than one heron, I think.



Blue sky, clouds, jet trail.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

spring sky

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"I just decided when someone says you can't do something, do more of it." -- Faith Ringgold



Redbud.



Two kinds of maple.


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Monday, May 29, 2017

sunlight on the plants

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"If you see someone without a smile, give them yours." ~ Dolly Parton



Sunlight on the plants.


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Sunday, May 28, 2017

lilac

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"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” ― John Muir



lilac


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Saturday, May 27, 2017

tulips

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"If your heart is in the right place, the rest of you will follow." -- sirenofsucculents on instagram



Tulips.




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Friday, May 26, 2017

tulips and shadows

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"I dream of a world in which people know they are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts." -- Neil deGrasse Tyson



Tulips and their shadows.  And me.  I like that it's just possible to make out my finger on the phone.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

crab appble, no bees

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The fruit trees, which have flowered so lushly this year, should have been buzzing with bees.

I saw no bees.  Talk about your silent spring..............

With everything bad that's happening, I think this is one of the most disturbing.  :-(



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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

poppy

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"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." -- Dante Alighieri



Poppy.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

allium

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"Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace." -- Benito Juárez



Allium.



And friend.  At least -- I hope it's a friend.....   Closer crop of the above.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

violets

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“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.” -Maya Angelou



Violets.


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