For you, I gathered a posy of close-ups from two years ago.
Ten-stem bunch from Trader Joe’s. Cut ends. Place in water.
Next 48 hours:
Best buds hangin’ out in salsa jar
Well, hello yellow!
Look at you bloom, light up a room
Bud far left, rooting for you
Look how you’ve grown, holding your own
It’s poppy time! These pictures were taken last Sunday, May 3rd.
Take in the show while it lasts! Get location information for Breckinridge Park.
Give an old bottle new life …
An empty pump bottle (mine once held facial cleanser)
A strip of duct tape
A Sharpie or other permanent marker
Stick a piece of duct tape on one side of your empty bottle. Draw on the tape with a Sharpie. I drew flowers 🙂 Fill bottle with dish soap, and ta-da! You have a new dish soap dispenser.
A fractal is a repeating pattern that displays at different scales. Nature brings science, math, and art together in the fractal flowers of Queen Anne’s lace:
Geek out on fractals here.
Pictures taken June 2014 in Plano, Texas
Nestled in Brockdale Park, a prairie paradise overlooking Lake Lavon in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) is home to gorgeous birds of prey. Cravin’ avian awesomeness? Here you go:
Did you know that peregrine falcons reach speeds upwards of 320 km/hour (200 miles/hour) when stooping?! Another cool fact: the traditional term for a male falcon is tercel. Makes me want to run out and buy a Toyota Tercel, which I doubt is even manufactured anymore.
Easy to see why the red-tailed hawk got its name.
From the BPRC website: “All of our raptor ambassadors have come to BPRC with circumstances that make them non-releasable. Due to their injuries or conditions, they would not be able to survive on their own in the wild. They have become the ambassadors for all wild birds of prey by educating the public about the issues concerning their future.”
Stunning ambassadors they sure are! Okay now, prepare for cute overload:
See how small this owl scales before the human! I think this one is called Sweet Pea. So cute, I want to pat her on the head and and give her a lollipop. Pretty sure she’ll want a mouse instead.
Named for the bars on its chest, the barred owl has an easily recognizable call: Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all? A BPRC volunteer quipped that they call this one Shakespeare because he’s a bard owl. LOL.
Apart from a fantastic presentation by dedicated volunteers featuring the above raptors and a few others, including two other screech owls, a great horned owl, a barn owl, a kite, and a kestrel, volunteers led prairie walks filled with cool facts about the flora.
Eryngo is a prairie plant with purple flower heads shaped like pineapples, each about as big as your thumb.
Here’s the water wheel on site at the park. In the background you can see a deck with a roof shaped like the wings of a raptor in flight. Volunteers had set up a spotting scope on the deck for up-close views of birds visiting the lake.
BPRC’s offerings include First Saturdays, their on-site programming the first Saturday of every month. One such event drew me there and that’s how these pictures came about. You’ll find details on First Saturdays and more on their website.
You should go. You’ll have a hoot!
In this purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seed head, the number of clockwise spirals is a Fibonacci number, as is the number of counterclockwise spirals. Fascinating!
Intrigued? Check out Gareth E. Roberts’ fantastic presentation, Fun with Fibonacci Numbers: Applications in Nature and Music.