Musings

Small white feverfew maybe

On warm days like this, we are taking advantage of the insulation that this cottage now has that it didn’t when I was a youngster. By that I mean that we close the windows late morning and “keep the cool in” until late afternoon. The temperature on the porch, with the lovely new ceiling fan (last summer?, I think), does drift with the day, being cooler than the house in the early morning, and much warmer by late afternoon, when the sun streams in. Today’s popup storms brought the temps down for a while in the mid-afternoon, but the skies cleared and all was soon toasty as normal.

BTW, I’m pretty sure this is feverfew; it’s not from our place.

Fingers crossed

Basil greening

The black edges and blotches on the basil plants seem to have retreated, I think due to the slacking of the daily rainstorms. Almost time to make some tomato sauce! [And I have a stash of canned San Marzano tomatoes for delectable flavor, too!]

Fern leaf

The sun catches the ferns by the back door just so in the mornings….

And by the time mid-afternoon arrived, so had cloud cover, and by cocktail hour the rain arrived. Not a hard rain, mind you, and perhaps not enough to set the basil back.

Today’s tint is pink

Pink lupine backlit

Pink is not a color I gravitate to, however, today’s best photos show pink…here in a lupine.

Pink dusk lakeview

And here in the sky…glorious sky! We ate out on the bluff, and stayed out watching the light change until the skeeters began to feed on us.

Mini air-adventure

Droney lifting off

While out on a lunch/errand run, we stopped and the Guru sent Droney aloft.

Manistique R swamp

We figured the weeks of rain have made mud in the swamps that drain into the river—this is the Manistique. At the water’s-edge, we could tell the level had dropped several feet in the last two days or so. These are changeable times.

Bladder campion

Meanwhile, I braved the clouds of skeeters to get a few flower shots. When I finished focusing, I looked at my legs and smashed the critters front and back (shorts were a dumb move for this stop). I ended up with blood smears up and down. A quick wash and all I have to do is worry about nasty microbes taking up occupancy in my soft tissues. [Ick.] Moving on…this is bladder campion.

Observations, localized

Fawn right outside porch

This fawn sighting is from yesterday, overlooked due to poor monitoring by yours truly or it would have appeared (ahem) then. The photo is by the Guru. The fawn was nowhere near this close when I saw (spotted? hahaha) him/her. Kudos to the Guru for this digital capture.

Potentilla blossoms

These potentilla blossoms were not mewling and strolling away (like the Odocoileus virginianus of yesterday), so I managed to capture them in all their glory. What gutsy insect is eating the petals?

Turns out that Potentilla is now Dasiphora…geeze, can’t those taxonomists settle on genus/species???? huh????

Farm flowers

Fading peony

Here’s the best of the now-blown peonies. Peonies trigger thoughts of this place, and my grandmother’s flower garden. She had a special pair of scissors/trimmers that she used to cut flowers to make bouquets in the house. They were decorated, clearly a lady’s tool.

Yarrow and flutterers

I think of these yarrow as wild flowers, but I read that there are domesticated varieties. These look like the wild ones. I thought these were moths on the blossoms, but maybe they’re something else.

Fun and festivities

Garlic scapes

I made a big rice salad for our contribution to the potluck Fourth celebration across the way. I used these garlic scapes among the many veggies I added.

Brats on grill

Our hosts always supply brats and weiners grilled to full tastiness. And home-baked beans. Guests bring the rest. Extra yummy this year, I thought.

Great company, too. Always great fun to catch up with people we see just once a year.

No sparklers even, and we saw the fireworks on Sunday night…but I still thought about this being the anniversary of the founding of our nation while I chopped veggies…I find these strange times, and tried to be buoyed by the tendency of institutions to perpetuate themselves in much the same form.

Moon over lake

On the way back to our place the moon seemed to reign over the orchard and the lake.

Insect report

Screen hopper

We have had sunshine and clear skies since we arrived, although we understand that the previous days—weeks, even—were rainy. We could see coming around Lake Michigan/Green Bay that Lake Michigan is high(er), and that creeks and rivers we crossed were full—not over-flowing, but there is also standing water in fields and forests.

The equation here that extended wet periods, especially in spring/early summer translates into insects. This type: fine; skeeters, not so happy-making. [Deliberately not mentioning ticks—haven’t seen one yet.]

Fire and fireworks

Peony mass

Peonies! We made it back to the Eastern Time Zone, and around to the cottage, and discovered the peonies are out! Beginning to get scraggly, but. Yay!

Fire n fireworks

The last event of the evening, were the fireworks across the lake that began at dusk. By the end, it was pretty dark, and the reflections on the lake were superb. There wasn’t much breeze and the smoke from the beach-fire went almost straight up. And the skeeters—yikes! Plenty of rain this spring, including the last few days, we hear, and bug-breeding has been rampant.

A tale of two buildings

Ceiling walls

Down in the museum zone, we did the big one, aka the Field Museum, first. Love the building.

Flowers not chives I think

At some point, we adjourned toward another museum, walking by these gorgeous not-quite-chives(?), which flanked an artificial waterfall feature with a big fake hoppy-amphibian at the top, perched on a sign that read amphibian. [Very Froooogy.]

Lobby prism

In Museum number two, we found these just inside the door, which we were told is nicknamed rainbow lobby, confusing morning visitors who do not have the benefit/cue of the product of the afternoon sun.

Another big lake

All this is by a big lake, but not the Big Lake. Birds and sailboats and yachts all came by us as we sat in the shade recharging from hours on our feet in galleries. Also, we learned by watching that this is where bridal couples come for photos with the Chicago skyline as a backdrop. A bit windy, but perfect light.

One bride we walked by had a gorgeous bride-dress and veil, and we saw peeking below the hem new, bright-white Converse footwear.