Saturday, March 20, 2010

Jazmine on a Fence: Plant of the Day

 


It's Spring! It's just a matter of time for my Jasmine to be in full bloom and filling my back yard with its wonderful fragrance. Counting the days and hope to see the bees active in my backyard again. 75 degrees today. No more cold weather allowed. Aww Spring!
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Sunrise

 


One of the nicest things about getting up at 5:30 in the morning is the chance to catch a spectacular sunrise. Though this golden gilded sunrise was taken before Daylight Savings Time kicked in, it was still taken extra early. This is just one of the gorgeous sights I catch on my 23 mile trek to work on the 417. Some mornings I have seen chilly lakes covered with mist, other times glistening with frost or sometimes whole field wrapped in fog. The other day, a field had hay rolled up in cyclinders neatly stacked with mist around them. Breathtaking! So beautiful it made me laugh. I know I should have stopped to take a picture that now I regret not taking. How about last week when it was gazzilion birds all flying over head, heading God only knows where. Other times it's different sized herons and egrets all gathered on the edge of a retaining pond. All pictures I have neglected to take in my hurry to my destination. How often I have considered stopping. One of these days I will, one of these days.
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

NASA Curious News

Just doing some stream of consciousness net surfing. First, I was listening to some music on You Tube, which of course if I put a link up for immediately some one in the know will take it down in a second. So just know that if you like a song, all you need to do it google the name, and you will probably find it on You Tube.

So after listening to the Gaither Vocal Band singing "Yes, I know", I was wondering what Joseph Acaba was doing, but I found the same old same old online, and wandered into a blog, named the South Chicagoan, whose author was defending himself against some critics after he wrote an article about Joseph Acaba, and actually he was much too defensive. We say in Spanish, "cuando el rio suena," meaning something had to be up if so many people were critical of his article. Funny how he expected a professional review. Lamentable. But, by coincidence, I found that he had an interesting little piece of information about the Discovery flight STS-119 on his blog. Basically, NASA translated some news releases about the flight into Spanish. I found the link and updated my articles on Joseph Acaba that are constantly being checked by Spanish speakers. The link to NASA Spanish news . So just for that little bit of information. Thank you.

Then as I was checking out the website, which frankly, I should do more often, I found this tidbit about Climate Change, saying that the polar cap in the Artic is getting thinner, the ice that is. Then there was this cute little shrimp dancing around an area in Antartica that was being drilled by NASA. Curious. See them for yourself at NASA. I thought I had them mixed up, Artic and Antartic, but no, two poles and two different stories, but both chilling to the bone, I'm sure.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Banana Plant : Plant of the Day

 


These two banana plants cost me less than five dollars for the two of them. Another steal at Lowe's. Not lows! (It's past my bedtime.) Notice the singed leaves and also the beautiful new ones coming up. Am I excited? You betcha.

Plant of the day, is a better idea since it gives more choices. Trees, flowers, bushes, lichen, etc.
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Scouting for Blue Jays

 


A blue jay trying to blend in the tree branches by cloaking itself in drab. It was trying to go incognito. Well, I spotted it with the naked eye but then it hopped along the tree and almost got out of the picture. It is hiding on the left hand border and you can't see it's blue and black garb since he is sitting high about, so he practically blends in with the tree. A little where's Waldo.
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African Daisy, Flower of the Day

 


No, it's not freezing; it's naturally blue. Eye catching, isn't it?
Got it at Lowe's and when I got it, it had been discounted 75 percent because of a cold snap. Way to go!
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