Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nature Notes - the Burr Oak!

Hi Michelle and other Nature Noters! I'm back! What Mother Nature has been up to in my neck of the woods is depositing a wonderful grandson on my doorstep :) This is Donovan!

I have been re-adjusting, but I think I have time to blog again, and I have missed it and all of you!

I take Donovan on long stroller rides every day - weather permitting. And, one of the things that we stumbled across was these big, shaggy acorns! I had never seen anything like them. They were only under a certain tree, so we grabbed one or two every time we went by... We put them in a bowl for a fall display, and googled them. They turned out to be acorns from the Burr Oak!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Hydrangeas

Summer Hydrangeas
Front lawns, porches, white fences.
Run through the sprinkler.

I have prepared this post so as to participate in Floral Friday Fotos and Haiku My Heart!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nature Notes and the Tulip Tree

This photo was taken from my balcony looking across my driveway at the neighbors yard. It is, of course, July. So, what is wrong with this picture?

Are you thinking that the fall leaves look a bit out of place? I thought so, of course, I investigated.

Turns out that all of the yellow and brown leaves had come from the neighbors tulip tree. I googled tulip tree and "yellow leaves" and several sources told me that the leaves of tulip trees will turn yellow and fall under drought conditions.

Mystery solved! It's the drought. Luckily, we had a big storm yesterday's hoping that cheered the poor tulip tree up a bit!

I have prepared this post so as to participate in Nature Notes over at Check it out, It's a lot of fun. We get together and show and tell what Mother Nature is up to each week in our corners of the world!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pink Petunias

A riot of pink
Petunias grow on the bridge
Wave at the river.

I have prepared this post so as to participate in Floral Friday Fotos and Haiku My Heart!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nature Notes!

I have prepared this post so as to participate in Nature Notes over at We all get together there and show and tell what Nature is up to in our areas.

To tell you the truth, I have mostly hidden out inside this week because it is HOT! I did take a walk yesterday, and discovered a little wetland in an empty lot on a corner a few blocks away.

There were cattails there! I have always loved cattails!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Even summer weeds
By the highway enjoy the
Wind through their petals.

I have prepared this post so to participate in Floral Friday Fotos and Haiku My Heart.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nature Notes and the Popping Seed Pods!

At first I thought there was bubble wrap on the sidewalk! I stepped on something that went pop! pop! pop! under my feet. But on closer inspection, this is what I found:

I had seen the larger, mature version of these in dried arrangements. And, I have heard these called Japanese Lantern Trees. But, when I google that, a lot of different types of tree appear, including this one. So, if you know any more about this type of tree, please let me know!

I have prepared this post so as to participate in Nature Notes over at Nature Notes is a lot of fun - we get together weekly to show and tell what nature is up to in our parts of the world!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Black-eyed Susans in July

Black-eyed Susans in
July are warm to the touch
as the bee alights.

I am sharing this post with Floral Friday Fotos and with Haiku My Heart!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Nature Notes!

I saw this patch of purple coneflowers, or echinacea, next to my brother's office one day. I ran over and snapped these photos with my IPhone. The bees were so intent, that they let me hold the phone just a few inches away from them to get these shots!

I have always been interested in echinacea because, as many of you probably know, it is reported to have medicinal benefits.

I have prepared this post so as to participate in Nature Notes over at This is a really fun weekly meme where we 'show and tell' about what nature is up to in our neck of the woods!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nature Notes along the Bike Trail...

Walking along the bike trail in Loveland, Ohio. This is what I saw:

It is June, of course, and I am in the Northern Hemisphere. But, I saw a few of these yellow leaves here and there. I tried to ID them, but can't. They have strange squiggly markings on them in black and green.

The next unusual thing that I saw, I WAS able to identify. It is an exotic looking tree with an exotic sounding name - the Mimosa!

I prepared this post in order to participate in Nature Notes over at We all get together on, or about, Wednesday to see what nature is up to here and there around the globe!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Flowering Catalpa Tree

Trumpets herald Spring.
Spring begets Summer. Magic!
Flowers become beans!

I took the photos of the catalpa flowers a month or two ago, and the "bean" photos yesterday!

I am sharing this post with Floral Friday Fotos and also with Haiku my Heart!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nature Notes - Butterflies and Lilies!

I thought that orange lilies from my yard would compliment the three different types of orange and black butterflies that I have photographed lately! These were all photographed in Ohio.

The butterfly at the top right is the Red Admiral.

The second butterfly in the second row is the Eastern Comma.

The big one at the bottom is the Tawny Emperor.

I had so much fun identifying these with a site that I found. You check off boxes that match the characteristics of the butterfly and - Presto! - they tell you what it is!

I have prepared this post so as to participate in Nature Notes over at Click on the link and check it out! Its a great meme, and the site itself is a great place to ramble around!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

HOT Summer Colors!!

Lilies as Palette.
Hot Red, Orange and Yellow!
Color the Summer.

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My Town Shoot Out - Tourist Spot!

For fun, I will show you some photos of one of the town's principal tourist attractions, and you see whether you can guess where we are!

Have you guessed where we are yet?

To help you out, here is some information from the castle's website:

Chateau Laroche was built as an expression and reminder of the simple strength and rugged grandeur of the mighty men who lived when Knighthood was in flower.
It was their knightly zeal for honor, valor and manly purity that lifted mankind out of the moral midnight of the dark ages and started it towards the gray dawn of human hope.
Present human decadence proves a need for similar action.
Already the ancient organization of Knights have been re-activated to save society.
Any man of high ideas who wishes to help save civilization is invited to become a member of the Knights of the Golden Trail, whose only vows are the Ten Commandments.

Did you guess that the castle was in Loveland, Ohio on the banks of the Little Miami River? Of course you did! Because nothing says 'Ohio' like a castle!

Here is what Wiki says regarding the castle's origins: Ch√Ęteau Laroche, also known as the Loveland Castle, is a museum on the banks of the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio, United States. A folly of a historical European castle, construction began in 1929 by Boy Scout troop leader Harry Andrews. He built the castle on two free plots of land that his scouts obtained by paying for one-year subscriptions to The Cincinnati Enquirer.[1] When Andrews died in 1981 he willed the castle to his Boy Scout troop the Knights of the Golden Trail (KOGT).[2][3] The Castle has been extensively upgraded and renovated in the years since Andrews death and has been mostly completed by the KOGT. The East tower now houses a short video presentation on Andrews' quest to finish his dream. The walls of the upstairs chapel feature many stones brought back by Andrews in his world travels and others sent to him from foreign locations by his friends and followers. Recently completed are an expansion to the outside gardens and a greenhouse.
Tales of the castle being haunted – often coming from Chateau Laroche's own volunteer knights – have been reported over the years.

I have prepared this post to participate in Friday My Town Shoot Out...a weekly photography meme! This week's theme was local tourist attractions! Clink the link to learn more!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nature Notes in June!

Last week I showed you the giant falling limb in Dad's yard. Lest you think it is all disaster over there, this week I bring you a mosaic - my first(!) - I made of things I found around the yard and a bouquet I made.

The robin's egg had a hole on the other side and some yolk. I think that a chick had just never developed and the mother got rid of the egg. My dad found it while mowing.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012


Mystical Yarrow.
I Ching. What will you foretell?
The fate in your stars.

Here is a link to information about using yarrow sticks/stems to do I Ching. I will collect sticks in the fall.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nature Notes - The Break Away Pear Tree

I am participating in Nature Notes over at

This week's subject for Nature Notes presented itself rather rudely and unexpectedly. We had a couple of windy - but, not THAT windy - days. And, a huge limb on my dad's Bradford Pear tree just broke away.

It does not look that huge from this angle. But, it was very bushy at the top and it came all the way to the fence and engulfed it! The aforementioned bushiness is part of the reason that we think it broke. The leaves and limbs are so dense that the wind cannot pass through very well and so the limbs catch the wind, so to speak, and get blown down. The Bradford Pear has beautiful blossoms in the spring, but is known for dropping limbs.

Well, there was nothing to do, but clean it up. This is my dad! He is in his 70's, but really active, with a full-time job and giant yard!

We found evidence of woodpeckers on the fallen limb!! Look at the holes all in a row!