Archive for June 2016

30 Days wild--Day 15

30 Days wild--Day 15
There is wildness in the alleys;  bindweed twines around overhanging trees. Purple clematis and ivy vines are climbing over a high wooden fence. In the sun, a few orange day lilies are blooming along with some bright blue flowers that I think are Asiatic  day flowers  (Commelina communis). There is burdock and milkweed in glorious profusion.... Read more »

30 Days wild--day 14

30 Days wild--day 14
Clouds in the summer sky… This light, this blue is like no other.  It is not the sharp intensity of the sky of March, the  gold-infused light of October,  the bright cold blue of January. This  blue is the  color of faded jeans and beach glass and the broken shells of robins’ eggs.   It... Read more »

30 Days Wild---Day 13

30 Days Wild---Day 13
In the sun, a spider web! So fragile, so perfect, almost invisible except at just the right angle. But  the threads are strong and flexibile–the strongest material known to us. Spider silk is stronger than steel, stronger than  the  fibers of the cocoons  of  the silk moth caterpillars.  The webs are  not symmetrical, but experiments... Read more »
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30 Days Wild---Day 12

30 Days Wild---Day 12
Sunday, the breeze is brisk and refreshing after Saturday’s tropical heat.  There is such beauty in the world. The ground is covered with mulberries, in various stages of ripening. None of them are the dark red-purple of the ripe mulberry pictured above, not yet. But the tree is dripping with them, and more and more... Read more »

30 Days Wild--Day 11

30 Days Wild--Day 11
Along the fences and alleys, the nightshade vines are blooming. This is the common nightshade, with its round red berries. The little purple flowers are quite attractive to bees.  Members of the nightshade family include such familiar food plants  as tomatoes, white potatoes and eggplants.    Other members of the family are tobacco, datura and... Read more »

30 days wild--day 10

Highs in the 90s with heat indices around 100 through Sat. Severe storms possible Sat aftn & eve. pic.twitter.com/f7F3yjIj9m — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) June 10, 2016   Day 10 of 30 Days Wild is about the weather. Summer heat is on the way. You can feel it already. Last night,  I sat outside and watched... Read more »
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30 Days Wild ---Day 9

30 Days Wild ---Day 9
  Waking from my dream what color were the iris flowers!   Ume Shuushiki (1668-1725)   What color were the iris flowers? Iris flowers  come in  many lovely colors. Among them  are shades of blue and violet and purple, and the purple-blue color called iris. The name comes from a Greek goddess, whose name means... Read more »

30 Days Wild---Day 8

30 Days Wild---Day 8
A cool morning, but warmer in the sun. Heard not seen—a cardinal calling–“pretty, pretty, pretty!” The bright red of the male cardinal is a striking sight in the winter landscape. In summer, cardinals are more inconspicuous, hidden in bushes and trees This is the familiar call, with thanks to the Cornell Ornithology Lab. You can... Read more »

30 Days Wild ---Day 7

30 Days Wild ---Day 7
30 Days Wild–Day 7— It is cool and overcast today, and the jack-in-the-pulpits are blooming. Jack-in -the-pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum) are native to Illinois and throughout the midwest. They prefer shady woodlands and moist, boggy conditions.  The ones I planted  are growing in the shadiest part of the garden, amid the lily-of-the valley. The flowers are... Read more »
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30 days wild

30 days wild
In the UK,  people are going wild in the month of June. Men, women and children are exploring the outdoors and enjoying nature in many imaginative ways. Some  are going to the seashore. Others are  walking  in the countryside.  Still others are  appreciating their own backyards and the wonders there. You can do this, too.... Read more »