Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Big man on campus?

We came across this at the Nature Center. Very curious…

Any ideas?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bursting out

Fall -- that time of year when many plants spread their seeds, which lie dormant over winter, then sprout to life in the spring.

Nature always awes and intrigues me…

Monday, September 28, 2009

A little extra

Amazing colors…

and something for lagniappe

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Big pink

Pink was one of my mother’s favorite colors.

Does anyone know what kind of flower this is?

The very pink of perfection.
-Oliver Goldsmith

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Berries and blues

After doing a little research, I think this plant is Berberis darwinii or Darwin’s Barberry. This shrub is in a lot of yards around Boise. Apparently the berries are edible, but tart. Birds like them.

However, in New Zealand, this plant is considered an invasive species that is spreading quickly in forests and wreaking havoc with the native ecosystems.

What is harmonious in one place can be discordant in another.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Weekend's almost here. Time to sit back and enjoy…

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Cumulus rising

Remember lying on your back and watching cloud shapes as a kid? (Or as an adult…)

So, what does this cloud look like to you?

Monday, September 07, 2009

On the road?

Here’s a way to travel inside a fish that would make Jonah envious. And you can even bring your music with you. (In case it’s not obvious, the eye of the fish is over the front tire; the tail is spread off the back; CDs are the scales)

I think this is another creation of a local inventor/artist who lives in the n’hood. In the past, he’s made:

giant people

crocodile with moving jaws

reindeer that fly

a flying tie machine

Some, like the croc and the people, have been used in parades and rallies, and are worn or created around a bicycle.

It's interesting to go by his house; you never know what you'll see in the front yard.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

A swing for the beat

Maybe someday we’ll meet
on blue dolphin street…

(Sorry --
I didn’t see any green dolphins,
so blue will have to do)

Friday, September 04, 2009

Seafood bisque, anyone?

After Katiefornia’s blog posts of crazy lobster postcards, I couldn’t resist posting this, which I came across during a walk in the n'hood.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Ruthless beauty

These are not honeysuckle, like I first thought, but creeping trumpet vine. Their scent is sweet like honeysuckle and they attract hummingbirds. They can also easily grow out of control.

According to Wikipedia: “Trumpet vine grows well on arbors, fences, telephone poles, and trees, although it may dismember them in the process. Ruthless pruning is recommended.”

Seems like good advice -- sometimes a little "ruthless pruning" is just what we need to do...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Peacock blues

While at a park, we saw this handsome guy. He wasn’t showing off his gorgeous fan; instead he was strolling about to see if any picnickers would, by chance, drop some food. As you can see, he’s eyeing us to see if there might be any tasty morsels. But we were having dessert (tiramisu and fudge brownie), so he had to go without.
Poor blue…

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

This sums it up…

We saw this as we were leaving the Curb Cup scene on Sunday. Maybe meditating on this will turn the rest of my week into ommmmmm instead of arrrggghhhh.