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for One Word Sunday

It’s been much too long and even though I have to work today, I had to stop by and say hello and share a few photos from a recent walk in the park.  On this morning, not too many days ago, I saw a panorama of frost as I pulled out of the garage.  That made getting to the park as soon as possible much more urgent, as the moment the sun hits the frost, it tends to disappear and, although plants with drops on them make for wonderful photos, ’tis the season for frosty beauty!  Of all the mornings to sleep in just a little and not rush out the door.

It was still plenty cold when I arrived.  The geese were flocking, so to speak, on the river which, as I’ve said before, at this time of year resembles an avian runway at a local airport.  The noise level can get quite loud as groups of geese get ready to take off or land.  I wonder why they haven’t gone south to warmer climates, but bird brain has never been a compliment, has it?  🙂

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A few weeks ago, I went for my usual walk in the park at dawn. Something easier to do now than it is during the summer. The temperature had dipped down below the freezing point, so before the sun hit the frosted plants, these were the views I found.  It was stunning to look out to see a prairie covered with frost.  These were taken on the same day as the on in my Six Word Saturday post on diamonds and feathers.

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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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