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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kiteboarder

 
Caught this picture on Tuesday, from a long distance away. That's why it looks so hazy. You can just see the wake made by the person being pulled by the kite in front of the breakwall.

I hope s/he had on a wet suit. The big lake is pretty darn cold yet!

kitboarder

Apparently, the Great Lakes are becoming well known as fun places to kiteboard.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Lilac Year

 
The lilacs this year are impressive! Even my often marginal ones are nice. Mine are just the common light purple ones. Whatever color, they smell divine.

lilacs

Did you ever look closely enough to realize that each blossom is really a long tube with flared petals at the ends?

lilacs

At the house where I grew up we had a hedge beside the creek that alternated bushes of light purple with white. I always thought that was pretty. And until having a lilac hedge of my own I did not realize how much work my dad had to do to keep it in check. The one here is out of control. Or maybe they don't grow as many suckers in clay as they do here.

I don't have any white ones but my neighbor does.

lilacs

Although I'm not a particular fan of purple, I do prefer intense colors, so I've always sort of wanted one of these dark purple ones.

lilacs

This was a fun find. The building this hedge surrounded is gone, but someone sure loved lilacs. There are quite a few different varieties (and a snowball viburnum) in the lineup.

lilacs

I may have to go back and look at this one more closely. It seems to have two tones in each cluster.

lilacs

There are lots of specialty lilacs. They were particularly popular in France around 1900, and many cultivars were created. Originally, they are native to the Balkans.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

First Lupine of the Year

 
I thought it was a little early, but I saw a few lupine in bloom today.

lupine

Another week or so and there will be huge patches of them at woods edges and in open areas.


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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Cruel Fate

 
Some of you aren't going to like this post. It's certainly not a happy one. But it is truthful, and instructive in its own way.

I was walking my road walk loop today and came across a small dead animal. Nothing unusual in that. But then I realized it was the remains of a tiny fawn.

aborted fawn

Too tiny to have been born yet. See it with my foot for scale. In a grown deer that small shoulder blade just beside my foot would be as long as my shoe and almost twice as wide.

aborted fawn

I think what must have happened is that the mother was hit by a car, and spontaneously aborted the fawn. Look at the tiny hooves.

aborted fawn

A few more steps, and... it was twins. I found the second one.

aborted fawn

Just a little farther, and there was an adult deer... too far eaten by predators to tell much, but perhaps the mother.

Although much decayed, it's amazing how perfect that one little baby deer is. Most of us that live in the country have seen newborn fawns and realize that they are about twice this size, even for twins. I wonder how many more weeks this unborn fawn would have remained in the protection of the womb. I wonder if they were "born" alive and died beside the road. That seems particularly sad to me. Part of me hopes they were dead of the impact shock before they hit the pavement.

Life has its cruel moments, but some seem more cruel than others.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Night or Day, Trailer or Tent

 
Full moon last night. Wonderful!

full moon

More sun and loveliness today. Wonderful!

back yard

The big decision of the week is: should Marie and I take the trailer on our basecamping hike, or the tent? Weather forecast for the area is wet. Campsites are close together. Maybe trailer.

Did I ever show you the curtains I made last year? I actually have one more to make to finish them.

trailer interior

Today, I removed a stove burner unit that I'll never use- way too big for my needs. Now I have useful counter space. Also vacuumed everything to remove all the dead bugs and clean up the cushions. And I removed the exterior battery which supposedly could supply interior power, but I suspect it's dead and I won't use it anyway.

trailer interior

The other big choice in the works, but we will wait a couple of days to decide, is if we should postpone the whole adventure by week. Marie has been sick.

Oh, in other not so quality news, the lawnmower transmission decided to give up the ghost. That repair is beyond me. Will call service guy tomorrow.

I know I missed a couple of days here on the blog. Nothing awful except work was long and difficult and I was just too tired.

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