Curious Friday: Rings and Wrinkles


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Two cells combine to make it a whole
It is just the beginning
If conditions are right
As a life unfolds
Traveling thru moments
Seconds, days and years
To live life with all the joy and the woe
It’s the rings around rings
That help it stand tall
It the wrinkles surrounding the eyes
That reflect all that was given

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It fades into the background
Makes room for the new
It the memory of rings and wrinkles
That a life was lived and shared

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art – Sometimes I Wonder


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It’s a book in my head
Words always being written
With each living breath
It’s about all things
Each tiny bit
That make it a whole
Most of it I do not know
A jig saw puzzle
With endless pieces
Moving, shifting, re-designing
With each new addition
With each new subtraction
To all that is beauty and of wonder
To the ever-present horrors
About all that is never seen
About all that is never understood
It’s a book not yet put to paper
For I have not come to the end

http://theantilandscaper.org/2013/01/02/sometimes-i-wonder/

Sometimes I Wonder

Curious Friday: Kicking Leaves


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It starts with a spot of color here
A dash of color there
That builds up
To all the true colors of leaves
That give a display
As plants prepare for winter

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Winds howl, leaves fly
Piles and mounds of leaves gather
Why is hard to resist
A walk thru
Kicking leaves for the sound and a simple joy

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Truth be told, out of respect for my neighbors I do mow and shred my leaves, to make a mulch like a forest duff

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Curious Friday: The Wonder of a Flower is to What it Becomes


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The beauty of a flower, beyond our admiration, is its’ purpose to attract a pollinator with real or fault rewards, to move the pollen to ovaries of another plant
Whether the flower be simple or intricate.
Each plant species creating its’ own unique flower and seed

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The wonder of a flower is that transformation from a flower to a seed
Each beautiful, yet so different in design

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It is wonder how it all came about

The flower and seeds of a milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

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Landscape Thursday: View Scape


Before  - Taken 9/10/06

Many times when we think to landscape, we’re working with plants and trees that are of a certain size and not much thought is given to what they will grow to be. The maple trees that were planted in this court yard were small , maybe 10 ft. tall without much width.

But give them 10 years or more of growth, they start to become what a tree will be, large with a big spread and only will grow larger. Many of the other plants in the court yard started to decline for what once was a sunny location, now was pretty much shaded most of the time.

New homes were built on the hill (where this picture was taken from) and this was their view scape of the Great Bay, where the Lamprey river flows in.
There was much discussion about the problem and finally the trees were removed. New trees were installed, ones that would never get as big as the ones that were removed (could be no higher than the height of the roof) and the other plants that had survive had a better chance to thrive.

So the moral is when we are planting trees and some large shrubs is consider what they are going grow into rather than what size they are as you plant it. For in the long run are you going to lose a pleasant view as you look out your window?

After - Taken 9/15/06