Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Don's Blog Blue Morpho 3-30

My son Gordon and his family are in town for spring break. We went to the Butterfly House where my grandson Adam made friends with a Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides), a large butterfly with a translucent blue color on top and a camouflage brown color underneath for hiding. It calls Central America home but the Butterfly House was full of these beauties.

Flower for the Day Red Tulip 3-30

"The red tulip is a flame for my memory."

I remember
A bright red tulip and more
Grew in the backyard... and a maple.
The maple tree is still there growing
Where we slept out some magical, childhood summer nights with friends.
The small wooden garden house that was ours
And clothesline even somehow how survived forty years or so.
A part of us never left that house.
About eighty kids played in the old neighborhood
Of woods and books.
The red tulip is a flame
Held to my memory!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Flower for the Day Tulips 3-29

The tulips have begun to bloom. I'm not a tulip guy but I do have a few.

Don's Blog Drone 3-28

Yesterday we were at the dock at the lake and heard this model plane noise and then a massive insect appeared above the lake.
We finally figured out it was a drone which was videoing the house  next door which has been slow to sell. The realtor and the videographer were having a fine time showing the house from various angles.Very interesting for us and our Colorado family which was here on spring break.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Flower for the Day Hyacinth 3-26

The snow slowed down the flowers but the hyacinths have continued compleat with 
heavenly scent.




Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Flower for the Day And Hyacinths for the soul 3-17

Hyacinths appeared overnight.

If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft
And of thy simple store two loaves of bread alone are left
Sell one, and with the dole,
Buy hyacinths to feed the soul.

James Terry White (1907) - In celebration of the Persian Poet Sa'adi.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Don's Blog Look for the Silver Lining

Some silver linings have clouds.

FFTD Error

In yesterdays blog I used catnip (a mint scented plant product that cats like)instead of catkin (the furry protuberance on pussy willow).
Mea culpa.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Flower for the Day Catnip 3-14

The catnip on the pussy willow has begun to bloom.

Many seeds will be available.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Pussy Willow Poem


our words are born, not spoken.  Dimensional, soft voweled words,   palpable to the eye or to the fingertip ...   exquisitely curved, as the young that wildflowers conceive.    Often I have watched your lips shape words  and your tongue nudge them out like small birds   not certain of their wings.  Your sweetest words   are those shaped ovally  like plums or wild birds' eggs.  The long bright ribbons you laugh  the multitudes of hyacinth and bluebells.    When I see words like soft gray catkins I know  they are of romance whatever else my ears register.  Your mouth is like the flesh of a ripe fig,  I often want to take your words unsaid.  The brown honey-bear slips his red tongue into   the nest of sleeping bees.  Slurping out the honey as they sleep.  The sweet natural taste.  The pussy-willow feel of your words   is lovelier than their shape or music.    COPYRIGHT 2012 ACB  

Copyright © Athena Beauchamp | Year Posted 2014 

Flower for the Day Pussy Willow 3-10

American pussy willow (Salix discolor)  appears in  early spring when its furry catkins emerge from the branch. A catkin is the slim cylindrical flower cluster with no petals. It is usually insect pollinated.

The catkins appear well before the willow leaves.

I am fortunate to photograph these because the deer always come along and strip them from the branch.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Flower for the Day Daffodils 3-9

These daffodils have been blooming all week.


She doesn't mind the great length
or the girth of it.
Bushes without leaves
are not green as he kisses it.
The woods
are not deep without tree's
that are seen.
While the path that she walks
he chose in her dream.
Stopping she dropped what it was
that he picked.
A daffodil that bleeds white sap
if too hard it is picked.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Flower for the Day Crocus II

New striking crocuses have appeared.

Flower for the Day Crocus 3-7

It is the first week of March and the crocuses have been blooming for a week. The yellows came first by several days. They disappoint only by disappearing so quickly.

Crocuses are in the iris family. Most have 3 anthers. The leaves have a central white stripe.