Archive for January, 2012

A nearby Arboretum has neatly-arranged beds of asters and other meadow flowers; this is one of the stalks left standing:

The seedheads are small, maybe the size of a quarter, but something about their branches makes me think these might be some relative of yarrow.

Because the weather has still refused to produce snow, I couldn’t get any nice sharp shadows of these against a white ground. Someday.

On the other hand, the children playing outside seem perfectly happy to shriek and frolic, and the squirrels are stalking one another up and down the trees.  Some good comes of almost everything.

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Here, I have extra:

Courtesy of Dover Images

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Among my regular reads is Derek Lowe’s blog In the Pipeline, over at Corante.  Not only are there good discussions about science and pharmaceuticals, there are splendid asides on laboratory explosions and quirky scientists.  Today’s special dish was about an article from someone at Case Western who might have gulped down a few atoms from Ludwig Plutonium’s rarified atmosphere:

Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life


A more detailed marveling at the strangeness is here.  What did Yeats ever do to the word gyre that deserved this response?

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It wasn’t until mid-January that the asters finally gave up on blooming — the suntrap out back keeps everything more temperate, and the weather hadn’t really gone into the 20F range before then.

This, to a Northerner, is utterly ridiculous, but here we are….

Then finally some snow and ice arrived, and the asters went from being “winter interest” to “winter spectacular”!

Special thanks to WordTapestry for the new tripod that made this shot possible…

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Well, I was making a sugar syrup for a potentially yummy Lavender Vodka Tonic, and realized that the buds that had been strained out of the mixture were right tasty…

Okay, not a lot of content, but a start.

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