Gardening, Nature, photography

Who’s the Ant, Who the Flower?

I see the world through a social lens, especially right now. Does this photo represent symbiosis, mutualism or parasitism? Would the flower open on its own? Scientists say that despite common wisdom the bud does not need the insect to bloom. The ants use the nectar at the base of the bud for food. In […]

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Gardening, Nature, photography, writing

3 New Spring Poems

In three weeks we’ll say goodbye to spring. I’d like to savor the coolness before the heat moves in. Three new poems in the name of Spring: Afternoon The wind waves the leavesrustling boughs above the streetwrestling the giant.     Flowering Red tulips are gonepurple iris in their steadpeonies so soon…   That’s my […]

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Gardening, Nature, photography

Nature’s Dazzling Dozen of the Week

A new week debuts the next brightly clothed actors at our neighborhood venues. On my walk yesterday, a block away from home I came upon Zuzu’s Petals… On a Madison street parallel to us, lilacs bloom. Back home, it may not be a flower, but it is a welcome addition to the garden. Across the […]

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Gardening, Humor, photography, The Americas

4 New Flowers Along the Walk

Have I said how much I like “6 Word Saturday”? I’ve loved taking photographs since my parents gave me my first camera, a Brownie, when I was 9. My favorite memory is of taking photos of a sunset in Arizona. When we got the film back, however, there were my captures of the setting sun […]

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Gardening, Nature, The Americas

7 Spring Blooms, Rain or Shine

Is it possible to plan a garden where flowers bloom steadily each week for six months? Truthfully, I wouldn’t have thought so, until we moved to Madison. That is what the previous gardener of the place where we live achieved. Her knowledge of Wisconsin perennials amazes me each year as I see the progression of […]

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Gardening, Humor, Nature, photography, The Americas

Hop on by, It Is Spring!

Happy Spring Break! We’re spending our time in the backyard getting in touch with our inner blossoms. Our second sign of the season after snowdrops is Siberian Iris. They are tiny; no taller than your hand. Their colors are a regal purple and lilac purple. After taking this picture I realized a mystery guest was […]

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