Saturday, August 19, 2017

Don's Blog NWP#1 Trip of a Lifetime 8-19-17

Monday after the eclipse I am going on a voyage through the fabled North West Passage. Since the early 90's I have gone on many arctic canoe expeditions with my son Lee. Several including the the Coppermine and Horton Rivers have ended at the Arctic Ocean. I will be going with a friend, Dan West, on an expedition ship, Le Boreal,
from Greenland through the NWP to Nome, Alaska. We will be able to take zodiac rafts to the tundra and be able to hike and explore.
I am more than excited to be able to see The Land from the ocean side. As you can see the trip spans the continent.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Flower fir the Day - My Flower for the Day 8-18-17

videoThis is my Flower for the Day. We were married 56 years ago this afternoon
in St Louis. What was she thinking?


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Flower for the Day Brown Eyed Susans 8-16-17

There is nothing more pleasing and comforting than a healthy stand of brown eyed susans.



You can count on them.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Flower for the Day Surprise Lily 8-14-17

Surprise lilies have bloomed for the last 2 weeks. We usually miss them as we are in Colorado at 
bloom time. We got to stay home this year and they are a treat. They are also called magic lilies an
naked ladies.



Lycoris squamigera  is in the amaryllis family. I think it deserves a more ethereal name.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flower for the Day Verbena 8-9-17



This is my current all-time favorite. Verbena is a very old plant.It has been associated with 
divine supernatural forces.In ancient Egypt it was called "tears of isis".In ancient Greece it was
dedicated to Eos Erigineia, goddess of the dawn.
I like how it swings on a long stalk in the wind and sends it volunteers throughout the garden.




Flower for the Day Verbena 8-9-17

This is my current all-time favorite. Verbena is a very old plant.It has been associated with 
divine supernatural forces.In ancient Egypt it was called "tears of isis".In ancient Greece it was
dedicated to Eos Erigineia, goddess of the dawn.
I like how it swings on a long stalk in the wind and sends it volunteers throughout the garden.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Flower for the Day Milk Weed 8-8-17

This milk weed is a volunteer in one of the field circles. The butterflies love it.




Can you name the bug? 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Don's Blog Fun at the Lake 8-4-17

Its always an adventure at the lake. Recently I hung up our elderly hammock for Jan as 
I had done for many years. Unfortunately she said, "It didn't hold me."  The worn out rope 
broke and down she went surprising her  and injuring her beautiful bottom. I had not tested it.
Not good.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Flower for the Day 8-2-17 Ginger

Here are some ginger plants that were a gift from a friend form Honolulu.
They wintered inside. The question is whether they will bloom. We shall see.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Flower for the Day Ironweed 8-1-17

Ironweed (Vernoniae) is a beautiful purple color and you know 
I am partial to purple. Sometimes I feel empurpled.



Pithy Empurpled Writing

Magniloquent words of an empurpled writer. Where lofty, yet showily expressed words make details brighter. Concise, rhetorically composed words made solely for an effect. Causing pithy comments to draw a picture, for readers to connect. The complexion and pigment of colorful words then meld into a spectral light. Blended with the authors passion for the topic, causing both to ignite. .... Smooth white sands blow across the dune Distant notes from a banjo floats into a tune. Ancient ironweed graces the desert with vibrant color As sunset beckons for twilight to be evenings romantic caller. Beach peas and daisies grow between cliffs of living stone Stand embellished fig trees on seeded winds were flown. ..... Written with a shimmer of color floating on an iridescent feather. Titillates the plateau of ones senses on aromatic breezes of white heather. first three have definitions to words in each stanza center three stanza's and last are examples of expression relative to the first three. Carole Cookie Arnold 2009