Posts Tagged ‘McDowell Forest Preserve’

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taken with my iPhone 6s

for Debbie’s Six Word Saturday

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I’ve been admiring and photographing these for years, calling them Dr. Seuss flowers for their interesting shape. But their real name is wild bergamot, also bee balm or Oswego tea, the latter giving you some idea of their use. Wild bergamot isn’t actually related to bergamot, known by most people as the flavoring in Earl Grey tea. Wild bergamot was used by Indians for combating colds and flu, as an antiseptic for skin infections and minor wounds, and to treat mouth infections, bad breath, and flatulence.  Quite a bit more useful than merely gracing the world with funky-looking flowers!

Just FYI…it’s actually still Thursday, but I somehow scheduled two posts today.  Not quite the weekend yet, unfortunately, but enjoy the day anyway!

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This little guy allowed me to get quite close before heading for shelter.  I ended up with two inadvertent action shots.  Hopefully s/he’ll be more wary in the future.

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For Debbie’s One Word Sunday

If I get up at 5 am  (my six words for Six-Word Saturday), I can get a LOT done before noon.  Here’s how it went on Wednesday.

I walked in the park on a beautifully cool, sunny morning, spotting cormorants in the “bird tree” (the dead tree where the birds like to congregate), wild irises amongst all the green, and a heron looking for breakfast…

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did a weight workout at the health club, straightened up the house, did dishes, had breakfast, did two loads of laundry, stopped at WalMart for Consumer Reports highly-rated suntan lotion, then Costco for an outdoor carpet for the Wyoming cabin (plus a few impulse buys)…AND…went to Verizon, where I got everything on my old iPhone switched to my new 6s iPhone all before noon.

Then I had time to read, get a few more things done, fix quiche for dinner, and catch up on my blog reading, all without feeling in the least bit guilty.  Oh, yes, and had some tea.

Life is good when I get up at 5:30 am.

Although it makes for adorable photos, little rabbits shouldn’t let people get so close to them. After taking this shot, I startled the little one away, hoping to make it not hang around so long in the future.  It’s the time of year for young things and I’ve seen goslings (already past the cute stage and rather big) and ducklings (almost never past the cute stage and much more shy than geese and offspring.)  But bunnies are about my favorite, I think.

I’m going to be taking a short break, returning mid-week next week. Where has the month gone? I wanted to leave you with something beautiful and I think this shy violet, cast into the spotlight despite trying to hide, is the perfect thing. Enjoy!

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It’s time to pair six words for Saturday with a photo.  A few weeks ago I had only my iPhone when I spotted the first egret of the season.  It was very shy and even though I was at quite a distance, as soon as I stopped, it took off.  Needless to say, the resulting photo was less than stellar.  But I played around with some editing and came up with something I thought was fun and looked like the same egret during four various season.  I could have called it “Making the best of a bad shot”, but that’s seven words and Type-A people like me always try to follow the rules.   🙂

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