Ready for the Plant Sale

These plant markers could be great, or a complete flop. The early days (yeah, like 8 years ago…ha! in the “good old days”) of QR codes required a special application.

I went to a design conference back then(ish) and had to upgrade from my flip phone to my very first smart phone because the organizers were communicating almost everything via QR codes. It was wonderful and horrible all at the same time.

Now the phone gives you that handy dandy link right in your camera…you don’t even have to snap the picture!

This threw a group of my friends for a loop when we went to a restaurant and the menu was only available via QR code. We’re talking about a group of 50-, 60-, and 70-something-year-old women with a full spectrum of phone usage beginning with “I’ll turn it on when and if I have an emergency.” Let’s just say it took a while for us to place our order.

My club members are just such a group, and so I anticipate some complaints. I’m hoping it appeals to the tech-savvy members and, more importantly, plant sale shoppers—they are the end users, after all.

It was far more fun to put together the posts than to write out index cards with the minimum details. Plus, I could add photos (when I had them) of the plants in their maturity. We’ll see.

I thought it was only fair to share these with you after the barrage of posts you’ve been forced to endure relating to various plants.

The Fish That Ate My Weekend

Lassitude and sloth ate my weekend. They are why we have weekends, right?

It’s a lazy sketch from this great photo by Danté Fenolio

…which appeared on my Facebook feed posted by Undersea Naturalist.

I visited and found a treasure trove of scientific research about the Gulf of Mexico after the DWH oil spill.

On that site, they provided a link to a special issue of Oceanography filled with articles examining the DWH spill, response, impact, and oh so much more. I could lose my entire day to reading the issue.

The world is a big place and it is a small place.

Leaders in environmental science and justice who happen to be black—a Green Lab post for Black History Month.

Walking Trees

If you’re a Tolkien fan, Ents spring to mind when walking trees are mentioned.

Prior to 2018 I had no further mental reference than Ents myself. But then I had the opportunity to stand under the Banyan tree in Lahaina Maui. That was a magical treat.

For the landscape company that maintains the tree, the mere mention of it probably makes their backs ache. A Banyan tree in the wild is a dense and impenetrable life form. The one in the center of Lahaina has been carefully sculpted to make rooms for a brick paved party with seating under its protective branches.

This sloppy bit of scribbling is my mental picture of this…

Photo by PaulT (Gunther Tschuch) taken in September of 2018.

That is all one tree! The tree branches grow so far they send down support trunks.

We are the limit of our own experiences. I still look at the Banyan and feel amazement and wonder. Anyone from Lahaina would say, “it’s just a tree, what’s the big deal.”

The big deal is that even with all of our shared experience as humans— eating, drinking, and sleeping on this planet—there were Banyan trees in your life from day 1, and it took me more than 50 years to find out they exist.

I may have seen a picture of this tree at some point in those first 50 years, but my mind would have considered it a copse of several manicured trees instead of one large tree.

The big deal is that I know a lot of stuff, but I am still learning.

A slightly smaller deal is, with the stack of craft paper I got from just one package, I have plenty of opportunities to make a much better rendering of this beautiful tree.

More Trees

Yesterday I groaned over spilt milk when a new gallon bottle fell to the floor and split open, gushing milk until I snatched it up and tossed it in the sink. Thought I’d placed it firmly on the counter before turning away to put down two grocery totes. Apparently, I missed.

Some days…the mountain gets you.

Some days you get the mountain, or in this case, doodle a couple.

Pipevine Swallowtail Mixed Media

How do I know it’s a Pipevine Swallowtail? My 2021 National Wildlife Federation calendar titled “Treasures of Wildlife” told me.

It also told me the photographer’s name is Robert Day from Daybreak Imagery.

I respect their copyright despite the fact my use is not for profit, so I’m not going to show you the original photo. Instead, I encourage you to visit their online gallery. Richard and Sue Day are talented photographers so you’ll enjoy the visit. You may want to set a timer before you click through so you don’t lose too much time browsing.

Here’s the mixed media (iridescent watercolor, ink, and watercolor pencil) piece I made from it:

Pictured again with a little tilt for the light and iridescent paint to show off their shared talents.

I think I need to do a little reading about this butterfly. The University of Florida has a “Featured Creatures” page about them. Apparently that luminescent blue is an aid in mating.

Time to go to work. Have a great Tuesday!