Funny quirks of spatial perception

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I was amused yesterday when I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things.  I found a spot in the area I usually like to park, and as I pulled alongside the grey car I was going to park beside, my mind quickly registered that that car was parked a bit crooked.  No biggie, as I figured I knew where the lines were and would park aligned with them.

At first glance it looks as if I managed to park straighter.  (see photo above)

However, I soon realized that the habit of reversing into a spot has me always looking to my sides and gauging the distance from any car at my side.  Even though I had made that mental note about the crookedness of the grey car, it seems that the habit of aligning myself with the neighbouring car was MUCH stronger than my sense of fitting into the rectangular lines.  Haha!

In the second photo you can see how crooked I was with the view to the line on my passenger side. 😊

 

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A Lily a Day….or Daylily

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Tiny dancing girls

Swaying, with long golden hair

In petal curtains.

 

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Ever since that day when I first noticed a massive clutch of orange daylilies growing by the side of a country road – with their vibrant colour and abundance of blooms – I’ve had a soft spot for daylilies, or Hemerocallis as they are also called.

So naturally, when it came time to add some new perennials to my starting-anew-garden over 20 years ago, I had daylilies on my wishlist.  First though, I managed to find some of those orange ones that were growing “wild” along a little used road and not belonging to anyone…..and dug up a clump of them, just a small portion, for transplanting into my garden.  After all, I wanted them to feel included with the daylilies I was planning on getting from a nearby garden nursery.

When I went to the nursery, I ended up getting a more reddish coloured kind, an apricot-coloured one, as well as a pale peachy kind.  In that way all four look distinctly different even though similar in flower style.  I used to know their cultivar names, but over the years I have forgotten them.

The close-up photo above is of the peach-coloured daylily.  And below shows how it looks before the flower buds open up….with two more smaller ones growing in size to have their one day of blooming.

 

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The buds on this next one are from the apricot-coloured one.  Notice how the buds are more elongated and “pointy,” compared to the peach one.

 

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The six stamens on this one look like six graceful long feet wearing black ballet slippers, and the white pistil seemingly doing its own thing is ever so long!

 

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Here is the peach daylily again….with a second flower to the right on the verge of opening up….and another smaller bud in behind.

 

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And finally, the one that started it all in my garden, the Tawny Daylily….collected from a “wild” clutch down a gravelly country road.

 

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For this post, I did some research and found out that those orange ones, that have a tendency to naturalize over time, are called Tawny Daylily or Hemerocallis Fulva.

And in case you’re wondering, as their name implies, each flower blooms for only a day.

 

 

Overcoming Tremendous Challenges As They Pursue Their Dreams

I enjoy stories

Reading them, hearing them read out loud, listening to a storyteller.

Among my favourites are those featuring people who were faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges and with their inner strength along with the love of others at their side, they managed to climb those mountains and reach the summit.  And what a joy it is to witness them in those sweet moments of their achievement.

I give you two such stories that were shared with me a couple of weeks ago.  They feature two different young people whose big dreams – at their particular summit – were to share their love of singing.

Here are youtube links to watch, and I hope they bring you inspiration, as they did for me.

The first one features a young lady, Kechi Okwuchi…

 

 

 

And for the story featuring Christian Guardino, I couldn’t find a link that had everything combined, so the first link gives you his performance, and the second one gives you his background story.

 

 

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Snowballs in Summer

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Dotted among greens

Perched on many sturdy stalks;

Bountiful white balls.

 

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When I walked out the front door yesterday, my attention was immediately drawn to this one particular snowball head that stood up….quite high above the others.  And I smiled admiringly and said to it, “You want your picture taken, don’t you?”  😊  That’s the one in the first photo.

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The Snowball Viburnum in the front garden bed has been steadily growing and thriving over the past several years, producing more and more beautiful spheres of white flower clusters.

I’ve been letting it have its way for some time; however, I’m thinking about doing some pruning after this season’s flowering is done.

Just a little.

To give the hostas some of the space they’ve lost. 😊

 

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Up close the white flowers look pretty with their particular petal shape and lines.

 

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A Young Robin Says Hello

 

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Flurry of feathers;

Then a hip…hippity-hop.

Why, hello, new friend!

 

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On the way to the cherry farm, we parked near one of those farmer booths along a smaller country road….and ended up buying some fresh-picked peaches and apricots for snacking.

Within seconds of our arrival, I caught the landing of this fine young robin out of the corner of my eye and decided to watch.

Robins are such cheerful birds to see going about their business. 😊

 

 

 

 

The Flip Side

 

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A storm ravages,

With dime-sized hail stones laying

Waste to this year’s crop.

 

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A couple of days ago I was invited over to a friend’s place for a visit, mostly for sharing some food and lots of catching up and fun conversation.

Since it was my first time there, all of us who had gathered went for a walk in the adjacent fields for some exercise and to see for ourselves what devastation had occurred after a recent severe thunderstorm in the area.

My friend’s family have a huge cherry orchard that they have been tending for a couple of generations.  Such a weird fluke of a storm luckily happens infrequently; however, when it does, the effects are essentially a year’s fruit production completely gone to waste.

I was told that the cherries on all the orchard trees were only days away from being fully ripe to be picked and processed.

And then nature stepped in….

In the next photos you will get to see the flip side…..no beautifully formed cherries hanging from the branches, which would usually tempt us to pick them for a treat.

 

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The last two photos show the specialized machinery that is used to shake the cherries from the trees – as the fruit has to be collected regardless – to clear the trees for the remaining growth and recovering phases.

 

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Three Days Later…

 

Look how it’s grown!

 

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My mother and I replaced older milkweed leaves with newer ones today and had a closer look at all THREE caterpillars.

The one in the top photo is the largest and measures at 3.5 centimetres this morning.

 

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For some perspective to show the leaf size and the caterpillar, I am standing a bit further back.

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This is the next largest one, at 2 centimetres long.

Totally engrossed in munching on its milkweed leaf…

 

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The second one…from a different angle…..

 

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In this last photo I wanted to show the second largest caterpillar as it’s eating, and you can see the third one below it….it’s quite small….only just 0.8 centimetres.

 

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Note:  If you missed the first post highlighting these caterpillars, have a look here.

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Wall Murals #1

 

When someone imagines what it looks like when a lightbulb bursts apart – frozen in a moment of time.  Perhaps even filmed it and then simplified it into one frame.

And THEN….the major task of painting all those details onto a large wall.

Including the thin stream denoting the flash of orange light – what an effect!

 

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Note:  I saw this on the side of a red brick building in a section of old Montréal, Québec,  last week.

 

Starting to see them more….and more

 

About a week ago I was walking along a main street in downtown Montréal, Québec, with some friends, and as we came to this intersection, my attention was momentarily diverted to this parked car with a cable coming out of its front side slot and connected to the pole just a few feet back on the sidewalk.

Cool!

An electric car? At an electric charger?

I snapped some photos quickly, so I could catch up with my by-now-further-ahead friends, with the idea of researching at my leisure once I got back home.

 

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Here is another view of the car….

 

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When I described this Chevrolet to my kids, they immediately veered onto talking about the newish Bolt….completely electric car.

Our family is quite excited on the car trends finally moving further into the driving-with-electric technology, as we are keenly interested in people and businesses focusing on renewable energy resources and more sustainable living options.  Moving away from the heavy dependence on oil and onto solutions that encourage treading more lightly on our earth.

Now….as I am pulling these two photos up for this post, I am noticing some differences from the Chevrolet Bolt photos I had seen online.  With more in-depth googling, I have come across the Chevrolet Volt – a hybrid car that still uses gas but also uses electric charging capabilities.  The images of the Volt match the one in my photos.

Fascinating subject!

It’s good to be seeing these types of cars more and more.

And exciting what the future of cars and driving will bring!

 

 

A Future Monarch

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Starting out so small,

Eating its way through milkweed

To grow and transform.

 

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I’m visiting at my parents’ place, and my mother excitedly showed me her little “friends.” Each one in a separate glass loosely filled with a couple of freshly picked milkweed leaves.

Her two friends are still quite small and not easily seen.

My mother is once again fostering a couple of monarch caterpillars in comfy protectiveness with fresh milkweed leaves, until they grow into their full size and make their chrysalis for their metamorphosis stage.

This one of the two is the larger and is about the length of my index fingernail right now. About 1 cm.

See the cool eating pattern it has made in this milkweed leaf. 🙂

 

My mother is all excited at these two new ones, as she has successfully nurtured monarch caterpillars in previous years and set them free as butterflies.