Flowering of knowledge


Hibiscus: turns out this genus also includes cacao and cotton, plus baobobs. Who knew? (Which is to say, my ignorance is boundless.)

Jennifer Steinhauer’s NYTimes article on Ray Bradbury includes this quote:

I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money.

He makes a good point: the knowledge is there in the library. What the university offers, I think, is interpretation and intellectual motivation. At least for some.

I agree with Bradbury that “The Internet is a big distraction.” However, like the library, it contains (or can be persuaded to yield) considerable knowledge.

Again, the piece that most people need is the motivation and guidance. Mentoring, of a sort….

Teachers may well disagree. Enlighten me….

Watch the shadow


We walked early enough today that the shadows were still interesting.

In this city, I think the greatest biodiversity is in the insects (of the critters you can see), although their biomass—not so much.

Where’s my chalk?


Someone drew quite a few critters to decorate a stretch of sidewalk. I liked the phoenix with the pink feet sitting on the nest of eggs, although the extra-long dinosaur bellowing “RAUR” was pretty special, too.

I’m so glad…


I feared that our extended out-of-town jaunt would keep us from enjoying the lovely scent of the gardenias. They were just coming into bloom when we left. Certainly, the high-point came while we were absent. But, there are still a few blossoms around, and I can glory in the scent for a few more days….

Hyoooooooooo-mid + sunny =


TY, jcb!, for this image….


Still, we had a nice walk this morning, although a bit sweaty, all the way to Piedmont Park. I can happily report that Lake Clara Meer’s levels* are up and we saw lots of (ordinary) birds, including swallows or something flying across the lake nabbing insects—breakfast, I guess.

The mimosas are in bloom, and dramatic, right now.

* Lake Lanier’s levels are in pretty good shape, too, compared to the last two years or so—about 4.3 feet below the summer pool (ideal) level, and far better than the 20 feet below we did have…. This webpage has a useful graph of Lake Lanier’s levels, and also shows total rainfall for the SE for the last week.

Blushing fruit


Contrast this pair with their May 9th scale.

Also, none of the other tomato plants I put in have any fruit this large. And none are blushing, either.

The cherry tomato has nice modest marble-sized-and-a-bit-more tomatoes, but the six Rutgers at this stage are all floppy plant with a few blossoms.

But first, I need to pick some herbs (sage, thyme, etc.) to go in the split pea soup I made over the weekend, and transform it into a fresh, summer version of what most people consider a winter dish….

99¢ at dim sum

At dim sum today, which we decided is something like tapas in Chinese cuisine, we bought a new favorite iPhone app, the Ocarina (99¢). Somehow all the excitement of dining (thanks, J&R) and new-app buying did not distract me from the magic golden—and I’m sure lucky—pig in the display by the cash register.



It seems to me that as I wander along through life*, I find proof of this or that less often than I had thought would happen in those starry-eyed days of my youth.

But here’s proof that my mystery plant is NOT a jack-in-the-pulpit. The JITP is on the left. It was labeled, and in a garden with a knowledgeable staff. This specimen also matches the plants IDd as JITP all over the web (and beyond!). Our mystery plant is on the right, once again making seeds. Maybe I should save some from the squirrels this year?

Oh, yeah, BTW I’m sticking to its identification as Arum maculatum (interesting details on that species here).

* Yes, I changed the picture….

Kindle = set afire


Celebratory festivities tonight, and we got a chance to see the new Kindle 2, sold only by Amazon. Nice, tidy, little, easy-to-hold package.

Homeward bound


Gorgeous spousal photo (I was driving); thanks, dear!

After driving through spitty rain for several hundred miles across southeast Michigan, all across Ohio, and Kentucky, too, by the time we got within one stop of home, the late-day sky emerged with just a few drifting clouds, and then a dramatic sunset emerged.