Sunday signagePosted: July 15, 2012 Filed under: 365 Yoga Challenge, Bicycle Adventures, Critters, Earth, Fire, home, nature, Photography, pond, Spirit, Summer, Sunday signage, Walking, wandering, water, weather | Tags: Akron, cycling, flowers, Muskrat, nature, Outdoors, Photography, pond, rain, reflections, Summer, Sunday signage, Towpath Trail, water, weather, wildflowers 38 Comments
I’ve never before seen a sign warning about the dangers of using the loo. I’d hate to be in there when that alarm goes off.
If I were to name this summer, I think I’d name it The Summer of Queen Anne’s Lace. It’s everywhere. In the meadows, lining the roadsides, and (unfortunately!) in my garden keeping the asparagus company. The Queen Anne’s Lace doesn’t seem to mind the hot and dry conditions we’ve been experiencing. If anything, it appears to be thriving.
Legend has it that Queen Anne, the wife of King James I, was challenged by her friends to create lace as beautiful as a flower. While making the lace, she pricked her finger, and it’s said that the purple-red flower in the center of Queen Anne’s Lace represents a droplet of her blood. Also called Wild Carrot (since Queen Anne’s Lace is the wild progenitor of today’s carrot), Bishop’s Lace or Bird’s Nest (for the nest-like appearance of the bright white and rounded flower in full bloom), in the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary.
Source: The Language Of Flowers
The milkweed is doing well, too. The pods are formed and growing.
We had a little rain this morning. Just enough to dampen the laundry I had just hung on the clothesline. I was hoping the laundry would be an invitation for a super soaking rain. We’ve tried just about everything else (washing the car, watering the garden, rain dances, etc.).
I took a long, slow walk around the pond earlier. Muskrat was busy chowing down on the pond weeds so I tiptoed around him and left him to it. Although we don’t like having muskrats in the pond (the digging of their dens undermines the banks/dam of the pond), it’s good to see someone eating those pond weeds. I’ve been lax about muckraking this year, and something needs to be done about the abundant growth of weeds at the edge of the pond.
It looks a lot like late August here at Breezy Acres. The grasses are brown, some of the leaves are changing color, and the harvest is more like that of August than July.
I haven’t been swimming in the pond yet, but I hear the water is clear, cool, and surprisingly refreshing considering how hot it’s been. Usually the top layer of water is pretty warm by now, with the cooler stuff below (the pond is 13 feet deep in the middle, for those inquiring minds who want to know). M says the cloudiness of the past few days must be keeping the top cool.
I guess that’s it from the Bogs for today. Thanks for visiting and joining me on my walk. More photos from today’s walk (as well as the abstract that showed up in yesterday’s header) can be found here. I don’t think you need to be signed in to Flickr to access The Daily Walk photo set. I signed out and checked and it worked fine for me, but if you have trouble, let me know. To be honest, on days like today when I post a walk here a Ye Olde Blogge, you probably aren’t missing me much if you skip The Daily Walk I set up at Flickr.
I hope your Sunday has been a good one. 🙂
- Queen Anne’s Lace (cell2soul.typepad.com)
- Queen Anne’s Lace (oncealittlegirl.com)
- From Dandilions to Queen Anne’s Lace – A Mother’s Letter To Her Daughter (journeytoepiphany.com)
Smiling at the “stay out of the loo” sign, but delighted at the muskrat photos! Way cool, Robin!
Thanks, Kathy. 🙂
Although there are reasons for me not to be delighted with the muskrat, I have to admit I was pleased as punch that it stayed long enough to pose for pictures. Usually the only thing I see of them that close up is the splash as they dive under the water.
Beautiful, Robin! Love the photo of the Queen Ann’s lace, it looks like a painting! Oh and the abstract you created is wonderful too!
Thank you, Gracie. 🙂
I’d say the potty sign would scare the sh*t right out of me! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend, my friend.
lol, Kathy! I was a little worried about going in to use the loo after reading the sign. What if someone with a lit cigarette came along? Yikes!
It’s surprising how much green is around your garden with such a lack of rain. I love your little Muskrat, he looks like he’s having a fabulous time. It’s a shame he doesn’t know how to treat your pond kindly, perhaps you would let him stay if he did. 🙂
Thanks, Joanne. 🙂
We’ve been watering a lot which has helped keep some things green, but watering doesn’t seem to do the job as well as a good, soaking rain.
Methane gas in the loo doesn’t sound pleasant. I mean, besides the stink, isn’t methane explosive? That could just about ruin your day.
lol, Paul! Just about.
I’m feelin’ some muskrat love. The Queen Annes Lace abstract is amazing. I have no idea how you did it. So very cool.
And regarding the loo signage – If you hear the alarm it’s probably already too late. 🙂
lol, Terry! Probably.
Thanks. If interested, you can find links to the tutorials on how to do the abstracts at the bottom of this post:
oooo yay i got to learn about muskrats today ty ty!
You’re welcome, Elisa. 🙂
A truly lovely post. The Queen Anne’s Lace abstract is very, very nice.
Thank you, Earl. 🙂
I love the muskrat photos (even though they can be a pest).
Thanks, Wendy. 🙂
I loved that you talked about so many things in just a few words and pictures, and all of them interesting.
Go enjoy the fresh water!!!
Thank you, Ellen. 🙂
Gotta love the Queen Anne’s Lace abstract!
Thanks, Frank. They’re fun to do. 🙂
Very artistic today … love the abstract (photoshop or something else?) .. really interesting.
I am living in a hot, humid, and very wet rainforest this summer .. I would gladly send it your way if you would trade me the dryness … the humidity is awful here.
Photoshop, Bearyweather. You can find links to the tutorials at the bottom of this post:
I do wish there was some way you could send your rain. Seems like its a feast or famine year, where some have too much and some not enough.
I read that post on your blog and I immediately visited the site and looked at some of the tutorials …. guess I got a bit carried away there and forgot to go back and comment on your wonderful post that day … Sorry! 😉
What a contrast. The stop sign red signs with threatening warning are such a giggle – you have to wonder the story behind all that…was it occupied when the methane blew up once?
Glad you ponds are still cool -here even the beach offers hot water!
Nice to see some cooling pixs. thanks
PhilosopherMouse: I’m not sure of the story behind that particular loo, but pit toilets often contain methane gas (a result of decomposing waste). Some places collect it to use as fuel. Not sure if they do that there or not, and if that’s the potential cause of the problem. Or maybe it’s a popular toilet and the ventilation system doesn’t keep up with the gas problem…
Ventilation is definitely an issue with those…could be a nasty surprise for someone? funny image, there.
Ohhh! I just love all the photos in this post! I just laughed about the signage. Indeed, that would scare the crap out of you if you were in the loo and that alarm goes off. The Queen Anne’s Lace and abstract are beautiful! I love the muskrat… 🙂 The leaves are starting to change color here too, and I thought it was because of the drought. The lovely feather looks like it might be from a hawk.
Thank you, Anna. 🙂
Hopefully we’ll all get some rain soon.
I love Queen Anne’s lace and I love the feather photo. Hope you get more rain soon! It’s been raining here every day…
Thank you, Carla. 🙂
Great pictures of the muskrat. We have muskrats in our pond too but they are so shy they dive under the water as soon as they see people. They are cute but destructive.
Thank you, Sheila. 🙂
Yikes– I wouldn’t want to be in the loo when the alarm went off, either!
lol, Dana! Could be quite a fright.
Thanks so much for tracking back to my site!
You’re welcome. 🙂