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Monday, May 29, 2017

True Blue

Okay, so hardy geraniums sprawl. It's a small price to pay for their generous nature and beautiful color. These are the true geraniums, related to wild cranesbill and storksbill. They are happy in Michigan. I am happy to share my life with them.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Can You See the Flowers for the Greens?

At first, when you look into the woods,
all you see is the green of wild leeks,
but down among the green are the mottled leaves
and graceful flowers of troutlily, 
also called dogtooth violet.

Spring beauties hide amid the leeks and troutlilies, too.

Then there are the mysterious beech buds unfurling --

Monday, May 1, 2017

Nature--Not Always Cute and Cuddly

It looked like the remains of some mythical or prehistoric sea serpent, unaccountably cast up between the rows of cherry trees. Only in a tropical jungle would a snake attain such length, so even with the absence of leg bones, what was left could be nothing other than a partial deer skeleton, the spine continuous from jaw to pelvis, the tufts of hair in the grass nearby....

Wasting nothing, Nature brought ants to clean the bones.