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MaryPage

I am MUCH more afraid of bears than spiders.  However, here in my home on a peninsula stretching out into the Chesapeake Bay, we are miles & miles away from bears, whereas we have way too many spiders. Truth is, I can smush a spider, while a bear could smush me, and that would be the end of this story.

I had a spider bite me on the hand in my bedroom years ago in Virginia, and my hand blew up hugely.  So I AM afraid of spiders, but just not as much as I am afraid of bears.

Snakes do not bother me.  I know which ones are which, and admire blacksnakes and such; they are really good at keeping nasty rats and mice away from our homes.  I vote for that, and them!  I lived in two different neighborhoods in my raising children days where I was known as the snake killer.  A healthy, hardy looking pater familias would come to our door and ask for help.  Most likely a snake curled up in the sun in his driveway, or some such.  I would grab my shovel and follow the petitioner. It was almost always a black snake that I would refuse to kill, but would move for them.  A poisonous snake would have its head chopped off with my trusty shovel.

I am too weak and fragile these days to perform such wonders.  None of my daughters ever cared to be my apprentices.



patricia19

July 22, 2021, 01:22:51 PM #9211 Last Edit: July 22, 2021, 01:25:12 PM by patricia19
The majority of Alaskan fires are gone or on their way out. The Alaska fire management team, two hotshot crews, and 24 firemen are in the western part of the US from this area. Then we had this smokey, smelly vision outside. The weatherman says it's from the Siberian fires. If you squint, you can make out the foothills in the back of the photo.


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Amy

Can't imagine all the critters that have been displaced by the fires!
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers

patricia19

I posted a quiz on-site for those who wished to play. The same rules apply.

https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?msg=201415


patricia19

The quiz has re-opened with each person allowed two more answers.

https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/index.php?msg=201571


so_P_bubble

For Shirley

I'm pretty sure this is a young Cooper's Hawk, I've seen them before, even held one on my arm some years ago, that ran into the enclosure around the pool & stunned it for a few min. It didn't try to bite or anything & eventually flew off, or I kind of gave it a boost into a small tree in the back yard. I watched to make sure it could fly & was satisfied when it took off over the river. 

This one watched me as I finally opened the sliding door & the sliding storm door to get better shots. 


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Vanilla-Jackie

July 31, 2021, 03:33:14 AM #9216 Last Edit: July 31, 2021, 07:52:14 AM by Vanilla-Jackie
Shirley...it was eyeing you up to see if you were edible... ;) a well captured photo...

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" look after our planet, it is the only one we have "   

Shirley

Thank you, Bubble, for posting for me. I did have another of a Baltimore Oriole, but it was too fuzzy to keep. They are such gorgeous birds, but these hawks are so big (even the young). I do think one could catch Callie, she is so small compared to Tom & Tiger. Old LaurenKat was smaller and she did hide under the table in the pool area when she saw a hawk.

patricia19

Shirley what a great shot of the hawk! You should copyright your photos.

so_P_bubble

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These "black Irises" grow wild in a natural reserve we have here in town

patricia19

Bubble, such a lovely and delicate flower. Our wild ones tend to blues and bearded.

Shirley

Bubble, my mother bragged about her "black" iris but I didn't get a start of them. She was a big time Garden Club member & they exchanged starts of all kinds of flowers AND she had a green thumb. Mine grow in spite of me & this year only had what I called purple, no more peach ones. I do have a shot of my purple & will send to you, I can't see much difference but I am lacking in any kind of horticulture know how. I'll send you my photo so you can see, Bubble. I'm impressed with these growing wild. Do they come in other colors in the reserve?

My youngest son has an app on his phone that will tell him the name of EVERY plant or tree by holding it up to a leaf. I am so excited about it, the first thing my phone has ever done that I'm thrilled about! Hopefully he can download it to my phone when he comes over next time. Besides, he is using the free version & showed me how to keep it free instead of the pay for version. Kind of like our FREE Avast versus the pay for kind. I like free!   :thumbup:

Amy

Beautiful photos both Shirley and Bubble!! I agree with Patricia...copyright them.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers

so_P_bubble

Shirley, there are only black irises in that natural reserve and the only place where they are found here. Apparently they are quite rare wild anywhere else in the world.

so_P_bubble

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Shirley

Thanks for posting my very ordinary iris photo, Bubble. I've been going back & forth to see the differences between your black iris & the most common I've ever known. Driving on highways years ago this was the flower you saw at abandoned farm houses, along with tiger lilies. My mind always went to the people that lived in those places & what happened that they worked so hard to start flowers & then leave. I wish I had gotten a start of Mom's black iris, nothing left of her flower beds. She died in 1988 & Dad had all he could do to take care of the yard, so flowers slowly disappeared during the 5 more years he lived.

MaryPage

To me, the German Bearded Iris is the Empress of all flowers.  I had quite of a collection of them when I was a young woman, but I went back to work when my youngest was in second grade and worked until age 69, so I had to have easy things in my garden, and iris take a Lot of work.  But I had a black one.  Really black.  I bought it from Gilbert H. Wild & Son in Missouri.  I bought most of my daylilies, peonies and iris from them, as they consistenly had the best plants and they arrived in good shape and did not wither away and die on me.  They had the best choices, too.  I downsized in 1996 to a condominium, and have not sent for their catalog since.  But once upon a long time ago, I had a truly black iris.  And Wild's was where it came from, way back then.

https://www.google.com/search?q=black+German+Bearded+Iris&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwimkv753JXyAhV4EVkFHVmlBnoQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&biw=1024&bih=734
 

MaryPage

I think my choice today would be the one called "Hello Darkness!"

Shirley

I have never seen so many gorgeous iris, MaryPage! I am not good with the grass pulling & this darn Bermuda grass in tougher than my hands anymore. I was pleased to see it (Bermuda) taking over because it doesn't mind our hot summers. BUT it gets into the flower beds no matter what kind of border control we've put in & the joints in my hands lock up trying to pull. When a neighbor said her husband had to have one hand surgically opened up, I figured that was a good excuse to only weed whip those areas & let the grass rule. Little by little it is taking over my iris & lilies.

Between yard, pool, house & cats, I need help! Trouble is finding someone that knows how to work & get a job done. I'm lookin'...... My mother did keep up with her flowers until she died, so makes me feel guilty.


MaryPage

I am particularly fond of the pale peach and the palest cream colors, or light lemon shades.  The fact is, the actual flower is more beautiful than any photograph I have ever seen.  They take my breath away, and I miss them.  My daughter Anne still grows a few, while daughter Debi, who lives nearby, has only a lavender-blue one, but she brings me huge bunches every Spring.  Seriously, there is no blossom on Earth to equal the Iris.

https://www.google.com/search?q=cream+colored+German+Bearded+Iris&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiSlZTA55fyAhXLFFkFHeXTDyMQ_AUoAnoECAEQBA&biw=1024&bih=734


so_P_bubble

WOW MaryPage! I have never seen such variety - I can't stop admiring. I particularly liked Toasted Watermelon and Sweet Musette Peach. I suppose I am more attracted by soft tints.

MaryPage

Me, too, Bubble.  Me, too!

I think of the Iris as a ballet dancer.  Imagine the curtain rising, and the dancer stands in the glow of a muted spotlight.  Perfectly still, with her hands held straight over her bowed head in a configuration of prayer.  Then she begins her dance, and you are enthralled.

The three plumes at the top of the iris are those arms and hands.  The three petals that fall downwards are her gown or tutu.  A slight breeze comes up, and off she goes!  Sunlight shines right through her tutu, and envelopes the body above in a ball of soft light.  She dances!  She glows!


so_P_bubble

Quite lyrical, MariePage. But I can see it clearly in my mind's eyes. Really beautiful.

patricia19

These two photos were taken at the Wildlife Refuge and Sanctuary in perhaps 2008. While not in the best condition, they show a type of wild irises seen since the nineteen forties, along with other wildflowers such as daisies, nasturtiums, and morning glories. Either transplanted by birds or early Russian settlers in the eighteen hundreds, they've been noted in many Interior state parks and along rivers.

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so_P_bubble

Such vivid blue, it reminds me of Forget-me-not that I have not seen for decades.

patricia19

August 05, 2021, 12:54:26 PM #9238 Last Edit: August 05, 2021, 12:56:58 PM by patricia19
I forgot our wild forget-me-nots and they're our state flower! ☹️