Monday, April 6, 2015

So much depends

I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyable Easter if that's what you celebrate. As this is written, the back yard is full of northbound juncos and clumps of wet snowflakes. Bird feeders are full of goldfinches in bright yellow Spring breeding colors. The air is polka-dotted with snow-flake clumps on their way to the ground. The gray skies and falling snow would make me blue but we need the moisture and I'm pretty sure we're going to see prompt melting despite a 33F morning temperature. Minnesota sends very mixed messages at this time of year, but, we can celebrate an accomplishment: today we finish the list of blue colors with the last four names on the list. Actually, I'm not convinced that smalt and smalt blue warrant separate listings, but they were so published, so we'll deal with it, sort of. Conversely, information about Vestorian Blue was found under its name as a synonym for Egyptian Blue.
One of the incentives for wandering the Internet looking for definitions and images of shades of blue (or green) is sometimes there's a wonderful and unexpected discovery. I'll share two that came about through the blue and green paths we've made. First, do you know there's a web site named Color Matters? It has pages on the symbolism of different colors, including one for the color blue and a phenomenal amount of additional information about color. Second, when I was searching for a "color dictionary," I came across a basic color thesaurus that's been really helpful as a writing aid.

Barbarea vulgaris (Garden Yellow Rocket)?
Barbarea vulgaris (Garden Yellow Rocket)?
or Apocynum sibiricum (Clasping Dogbane)?
Photo by J. Harrington

Yesterday my Better Half joined me on a local exploration looking for a chance to get some photos of pasque flowers. We didn't spot any but we did find the general locations where they're supposed to grow. They're close enough that we can comfortably check a couple of times a week. While we wait, it's fun discovering how photogenic winter wildflowers and weeds can be. A preliminary identification effort makes me think hope these are Yellow Rocket, but maybe they're Dogbane. For now, let's proceed with the idea that they're one or the other.  [updated adding dogbane option]

National Poetry Month

We made another discovery that provides today's poem. Finding it made my day. Could it be a country version of Paul Simon's Poem on the Underground Wall? No, but it's cool in its own country way.

a poetry barn?
a poetry barn?
Photo by J. Harrington

a poem on the barn wall
a poem on the barn wall
Photo by J. Harrington


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