With dabs of red it starts…

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Mostly green, and yet…

Tinges of red here and there;

The magic unfolds.

 

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These days as I drive along the country roads, I see more and more green trees looking as if painted with yellow, orange, or red dabs at the edges.

It’ll be fun to watch over the next couple of weeks how the trees slowly change from green to more yellow, orange, or red until there is no more green to be seen.

Then, outside of the evergreens, all the other trees are consumed by colour, and such a vibrant display it becomes.

It’s a magic trick that nature plays on us!

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The Fig Story, Part 2

Yes, true.  The title is a bit misleading.  Considering I didn’t ACTUALLY post The Fig Story (as a part 1).  But you may remember this one from a few weeks ago…..”Tried Something New Again!”  (July 2, to be exact)

 

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In the other post I had photos of fresh figs that I had bought at a grocery store, along with how I came to choose them.  And they were a different variety…..more maroon in colour and shaped as a larger kind of water drop.

Yesterday I happened to stop by that same grocery store, following my music lessons, and I just wanted to pick up a few things.  As I passed by the fresh fruit section, I decided to peek and see if they had the figs in again.  As they aren’t in such high demand, the store only stocks about 4-6 boxes at a time, and there are times in between when I have gone to look and none were there.

My lucky day!  They had a few boxes!  And as I pulled them out from the shelf – they are in such a snug shelving place that you really can’t see much until you pull the whole box out – that’s when I saw these ones!  Definitely figs. Yay!  But quite different from the ones I had been buying before.  They certainly looked more like the figs in photos I had seen in foodie books over the years in terms of colour and shape, as well as in how the dried figs had looked that I had eaten on occasion.  They looked fresh and plump, and so I picked up TWO boxes.  Because I now know that I will gobble up several at a time!

And so I munched gleefully on a few on my drive back home, savouring their texture….AND their lovely sweet flavour!

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Ohhhmmmm! What a lovely, tasty treat on a summer’s day!!

And I love looking inside at the seed patterns they have…..once again the imagination gets going….see those white-caped invaders, trying to raid that peaceful village.  They seem to want to break down the wall only in that centre area.  Silly invaders!  🙂

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Figs are a most delicious fruit, and I am SO glad that I got to discover them even now….in my middle years……so I have many more years to enjoy them.  And it’s never too late to discover yet another new delicious food!  Right?

 

 

Shimmery Green

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Crawling on the ground,

Luminescent green beetle;

Take a closer look!

 

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Here’s an unusual looking beetle bug – such a luminescent green colour!

I thought such colourful bugs always seem to live in more tropical climates…..rather than here in southeastern Ontario, Canada.
Found this bug crawling along one of the flower beds that I was working on – hoeing, weeding, and then sowing Lavatera seeds.

I was so enthralled with this cool little, shimmery bug and I wanted to get some photos of it – perhaps to also get some identification assistance?? – With the use of an empty white bucket (having removed the accumulated weeds from inside), I was able to get some photos without it running away on me.

A friend later on told me the name of this bug – Six Spotted Tiger Beetle – and said it was a gorgeous specimen.  He also added that this bug has a “Global Range: It occurs across the entire eastern half of the United States with the exception of the deep south and Florida panhandle and extends into southeastern Canada. It is naturally occurring = not imported.”

Green-eyed Lady…

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Mesmerizing eyes,

The bright light brings out the green.

Irresistible!

 

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As I allow myself a bit of a leg-up rest on my bed, following several energetic busy days of work and activities, it isn’t long before Hemingway joins me for some cuddle time and snugglies.  🙂

I noticed her eyes being a particularly nice green in the daylight streaming through the window and felt a photo was in order.  And the lyrics from an old Sugarloaf song flowed into my mind…..”Green-eyed Lady, Lovely Lady.  Strolling slowly towards the sun.”  And also….”Green-eyed Lady, Ocean Lady.  Child of nature, friend of man.”