Sunday, April 14, 2019
|I have the most remarkable palette of colors among the photos in my camera right now, of things I've photographed this week. First there was a peach orchard along a road near Hammonton, NJ. Click to enlarge.|
|Then a "blue hole" at Winslow, New Jersey, a tropical-looking lake in a abandoned quarry fringed with pines.|
|Then I picked a bowl of fresh spring violets.|
|And made jelly with them!|
Lovely colors, aren't they? Rainer Maria Rilke once wrote this about spring:
Everything is blooming most recklessly; If it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
Sunday, April 7, 2019
|Guess what made the identification easy -- the grassy leaves of spring starflowers smell like onions when crushed.|
Sunday, March 31, 2019
|I'd call this a purple-billed black swan. Lovely isn't it?|
|April Fool! I made it up! It's a normal black swan with a normal red bill like in this photo. I painted it purple in Photoshop. Be warned that tomorrow is April 1st, April Fool's Day. Be on the lookout for more silly pranks!|
Here are some awful swan jokes suited to the holiday:
Where do swans invest their cash?
In the stork market!
Why don't swans grow up?
Because they grow down!
Do you know why swans stay home on winter days?
What do swans watch on TV?
A skunk, a herd of mostly female deer, and a swan go out to eat. When it comes time to pay the skunk only has a scent, the deer just have one buck. They end up putting it on the swan's bill!
Sunday, March 24, 2019
|I went for a walk on Saturday to look for signs of spring. It was too easy! There are flowers blooming like crazy out there.|
|So many colors of crocus. Click to enlarge.|
|Then I turned a corner and saw this...|
|A turkey! A big tom turkey all puffed up and ready to breed! He was gobbling and strutting like he was the king of all the turkeys. I was as impressed as I was surprised.|
|I've seen turkeys in New Jersey before, where they are becoming common, and I've written a couple of blogs about them (click here for one, here for another). But I usually spot them out of breeding season when they large but not too flashy, like in the photo above.|
|But this guy was dressed to kill! Here's his other side.|
|Here's his amazing head. The turkey sighting drove all my thoughts of spring flowers right out of mind and turned this into a turkey blog. You have just been turkey bombed! |
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
|I was minding my own business, taking a walk in the woods, and I saw this tree.|
|Here's a closer view. There's a letter A there, right? I'm pretty sure it grew naturally on this tree's flaky plate-like bark. The tree is in a swampy place and would have been difficult to get to, climb, and initial. So I'm just saying, hmm.|
|Is this just puzzling?|
|Or is it scary? Click to enlarge. Sorry about the lost hour of sleep.|