Sunday, September 26, 2021

Covid Flags, "In America: Remember"

This is just a small section of the flags spread out over many acres around the Washington Monument. Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's installation illustrates the enormity of the continuing pandemic. To those who say "This Covid thing is exaggerated," to those who are sure they will not get sick, to those who refuse the scientifically proven vaccine, putting everyone around them in danger, I say this: Many who thought like you are now nothing but one of 600,000 white flags in a field. On the edge stands a sign board that continually updates the number of Covid deaths. Last Monday morning, that number was 673,484.


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Pizza Tree

 It has been a rainy month. Mushrooms of varying sizes and colors have popped up in yards. A tree on my walking route has grown a series of fungi that look like slices of pizza. I stopped to marvel at it, ignoring the barking dog whose job it is to announce the arrival of every person who walks by. Caught up in a fantasy of a tree that dispenses conveniently sliced pieces of pizza, I wondered where the slot would be for the money. But why does this look like pizza with crumbled sausage? Wouldn't mushroom pizza make more sense?

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Lamb's Ears

 Who can resist touching such velvety leaves? Lamb's ears justify their name. Small children are delighted to touch and carefully pet the plant. At the end of summer, when other flowers have gone to seed, their silvery tones add a nice texture and color. A member of the mint family, lamb's ears have antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. In earlier times they were used as bandages. I wonder if a five-year-old would forego the usual Mickey Mouse Band Aid for the novelty of a lamb's ear leaf laid on a scrape or cut. 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Frog With Umbrella

 What’s your opinion about "yard art?" Is it fun, whimsical, tacky, or simply unnecessary in your view? This guy stared at me from the steps of a somewhat neglected house. Never mind that frogs live in the water. He was dressed appropriately for this past month of unusually prolific rainstorms capped off with a dousing from the edge of Hurricane Ida.  If he stands there long enough, he will also be ready for the first snow. That's the beauty of red Wellies, even ones in extra-wide for webbed feet.