The earth on Earth Day………………

Cities & towns have bag ladies.  Arboretums have bag trees!  

The tree specialist decreed this Paperbark Hazelnut be a tree parent so the seeds are being protected after pollination or hybridization.  

Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL

“It’s one thing if your hobby is to put ships inside a bottle, but a deer in the headlights!… That’s a real talent.”
~~ Josh Stern, And That’s Why I’m Single

It’s Spring!  It’s Spring!  It’s Spring!  It’s Spring!

top ~~ toothwort   

center ~~ purple trillium

bottom ~~ carpet of bluebells

                                               !! HAPPY EASTER !!

Postcard from the early 1900s. I love the look on the face of the chick that’s next to the pup.   “I’m not much likin’ this!”   

"The sycamore, also, was sacred.  Peasants gather around them in rituals.  In the Land of the Dead there was a sycamore in whose branches the goddess Hathor lived; she leaned out of it giving sustenance and water to deceased souls.  In Memphis, Hathor’s epithet was Lady of the Sycamore."
~~
  Larry Gates,
 Egyptian Nature Mysticism

                                        Acer miyabei ‘Morton’

                                          best climbing tree

                                                    (ever)

The Swank Show-Off & His (hopeful for a handout) Starveling Mates

Postcard of the early 1900s

The total eclipse early this a.m. of the blood moon.  Top photo taken at 3am Central time.  Middle photo was around 3:30am.

Spica is to the right lower side of the moon & Mars is the little red blob off to the far right (Mars not visible in top photo).  Bottom photo is 4:30am & things are back to normal.

Spica is the largest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden — a binary star that’s the 15th largest star in the night sky.  Some astronomers think there’s now evidence that it could be a quintuple star.  Spica marks the Ear of Wheat in the Virgin’s hand.

The two stars are 11 million miles apart and 262 light years from Earth.  The larger of the two is a blue giant.  Their surface temperatures are some 40,000F and 33,000F, while our sun is a mere 10,000F.

(These are the times that I wish I had more expensive camera equipment than the 20X on my Canon, which is more than adequate for most everything I take photos of, but not the moon or the planets. :)  )