Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fly, Dragon!

A few days ago this dragonfly flew into our house. My son caught it and since it played dead, he thought if it really as dead the next morning he'd take it to his biology teacher, since they're studying bugs. The next morning I could see it moving a toe, very faintly. So I put it on the porch rail in the sun to see if it would warm up and take off. It did(happily).

I think it is a Blue Darner, very sturdy. I was taken with its colors--turquoise, burgundy, espresso, avacado, teal. The same colors I'm using in a sweater I'm making for myself.
Being able to get a real close look at this dragonfly, I can see where people got the idea for fairies. And maybe where they got the idea for helicopters.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Poison Oak Can Be A Good Thing

Most of the time you hear people complaining about poison oak, and wondering what good can ever some of it. Around here it grows anywhere there's bright sun and it loves to climb oaks(its favorite) or a fir(in a pinch). It sends out little rootlets into the bark and moss(yes I've tugged on it to find out), but doesn't kill the tree.

What is good about poison oak? This time of year it is the first plant to turn to fire and lose its leaves(thankfully), finally turning a bright scarlet before the leaves fall.
It has a pretty palette of green to pink to scarlet, very pretty in the setting sun.
Poison oak makes lots of berries for the birds(a good thing), and keeps trespassing hunters out of our woods(another good thing). Most of all, I think its best good thing is that it makes me pay attention--so I don't wallow in it, of course, but watching for it as I wander in the bush sharpens my awareness for outlines and shapes, and I end up seeing a lot more.
It is very easy to uproot, and at least for me, when there's been a few good rains on the leafless stems, it's pretty harmless. I read once that the Indians would rinse off in a puddle or stream if they mashed around in the poison oak. I tried it, it worked(ok I didn't roll around in it, just brushed up against it. And I know I do get it if I don't wash it off right away, so I'm not one of those "immune" freaks). Your mileage may vary, of course.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My Brush With Art Forgery

Thought I'd plug my other "work" blog--not that forgery is my work--here http://2stix.blogspot.com/2007/09/my-foray-in-forgery.html

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Summer Album, Part 2--Bouquets

"Wild Things--You Make My Heart Sing!!"
Chives, Oregon Iris, Fringecup, Lady's Mantle, Fennel, Batchelor Buttons,
Mountain Arnica(yellow), Fringecup(lime) with lilacs and bluebells.
Lady's Mantle, Chives, Fennel, Batchelor Buttons, and Fringecup.
Nootka Rose, Honesuckle, Columbine, Camas, Fringecup, Dandelion, Wild Parsley, Monkeyflower, Menzie's Larkspur.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Summer Album, Part 1 Garden Flowers

Hello Again!!
What a busy summer! Lots of knitting work, most for a book I'm part of that will come out next summer. We did some remodeling on the house(new paint, tile and vanity in a bathroom that started with a leaky pipe fitting, and chopping the garage in half to make a bedroom for the kids, which in turn made the family room truly a family room and allowed me to make my yarn lair in a corner of it).

There is a particular spot on the horizon where as the sun sets, it shines through the flowers in the veggie garden at just the right angle--probably just because its shooting through the right spot between trees and bushes. The mallow, the daylilies, the fireweed(yes I grow fireweed on purpose in my flower beds--I can't help it, it's MAGENTA!)

I wish I had flocks of Bouncing Bette, I'm letting it grow where it wants to. I love the intensely burning red-violet, this flower seems to glow on its own.