Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
I spent a lot of time streamlining and planning my latest 'To Go' shopping order from Hannaford, so I could take advantage of their $15 off coupon, if I spent $150. Certainly there were a lot of things I could stock up on and buy in bulk, like pasta, black beans and artichoke hearts, ... but eggs?
I found when I unpacked my groceries (and checked my actual order) that I had mistakenly ordered 3 dozen eggs! Had I thought I was clicking '+' to increase the cans of beans I was ordering, or had I subsumed amounts from a previous order when I hosted a breakfast? Who knows?
I do know that omelettes, clafouti, meringues, cakes, quiche and frittata are now on the menu, as well as boiled eggs for salads. And now I'm investigating how to freeze eggs - not out of the question, it seems.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Muskrats have moved on,
Resident groundhog steps in,
Browsing deer compete.
Insects eat my plants
(A mistake to call them mine?)
Ditto for mammals.
Their digestive tracts
Help to propagate the seeds
And spread them further.
Fungi break things down,
Returning the nutrients
For later rebirth.
An intricate web,
Where diversity is key,
Of which we are part.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Both these bolete mushrooms (no gills, but a spongey underside) have some association with men (well, in MY mind, anyway).
First up is old man of the woods, Strobilomyces strobilaceus. I love the pattern on this one - makes me think of vanilla ice cream and crumbled Oreos!
Monday, August 23, 2021
Bladderworts? Sounds like something to see your doctor about, don't you think? The common name for these aquatic plants belies their filigreed beauty, instead making them sound like something from a witch's brew.
They're free-floating, rootless plants, which have tiny bladders on their leaves to ingest zooplankton to acquire nutrients. Carnivores! What an amazing adaptation!
Just take a look at this unusual and extraordinary one, the floating bladderwort:
The stems and leaves of the common bladderwort, (Utricularia vulgaris) look lacy and delicate.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
I can't believe how many sundews have propagated themselves on one of my floating gardens - their abundance is a joy to behold.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
On this day last year, I sent out a desperate note to the Lake Stewards of Maine:
After my children left the nest, my chosen role as native plant nurturer and groundskeeper at home expanded into the aquatic environment ... and the monikers 'swamp maiden,' 'pondweed,' or 'mudmonster' were proudly added to the terms of endearment to which I am referred, after persisting in weeding and clearing my cove of invasive plants against all odds. I LOVE being involved with (what I believe is) helping the planet, even if only on a small scale, because you know "one person can make a difference, and everyone should try." (JFK). I never knew that one day after my child-rearing days were over, I'd get this opportunity to be a steward of my lake environment.
Through the years of parenting and homeschooling, I never lost my passion for environmental issues, and continued pursuing these interests purely for the love and pleasure it gave me. My daughter wisely noted, "Mom, you've been training your whole life for this," which is essentially true. I get to indulge my passion and see it reap benefits, on my own terms and in my own time. I'm living my dream!
Friday, August 20, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021
"Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it the more it will elude you but if you turn your attention to other things it will come and sit softly on your shoulder" (Henry David Thoreau)
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Already? There have been subtle signs for a couple of weeks, but I'm not ready to embrace this kind of beauty just yet. I'm still reveling in the beauties of summer, and I want to hold on to it. Can't we have an extension, nature? Please!
Monday, August 16, 2021
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Here's another look at one of the natural world's curiosities (I posted about these oddities previously https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/96099316254027359/925788944649317621)
Naturalists aren't 100% sure how these form and exactly what they are, but they seem to be vegetative fragments that get caught together in a repetitive swirl that somehow fuse together into a ball shape. They are sometimes whimsically referred to as whale burps, which really appeals to me! We've been finding a lot of them in our lake as we survey for invasive plants from our kayaks, or while snorkeling.
One of these looks a lot like a root ball, as if the roots of a fern have washed into the water. As you can see, each of these looks a little different, structurally and texturally. Nature is just fascinating!
We placed one on our boardwalk to display it, but kept finding it displaced each day we strolled past. We returned it to our chosen spot each time, until one day we found it totally shredded apart. There were just clumps of dry, loose pine needles as evidence - there was nothing to show what had kept it cohesively together.
And then, one left near the water got 'investigated' ... maybe they should be returned to the lake, where they're safe, or can at least remain intact.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
What katydid ... is this? It looks as if it's one of the Scudderias that are native to N. America.
Friday, August 13, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
I love the busy-ness of the spirals of flower heads - there seems to be movement because the eyes are bedazzled, I think.