Monday, July 29, 2013

The Paintings of Henry Ossawa Tanner

I have always loved a certain painting--received a print of it at age 18--
and have recently rediscovered the painter's work.

If you have never looked at the works of Henry Ossawa Tanner
I urge you to check him out. (more HERE)

The Banjo Lesson

The Annunciation

Daniel in the Lions' Den

Thankful Poor

Garden in early 2013

This garden is under a great amount of rain at the moment.

Who knows how big the juicinesses will be when i can step foot in it again?
Some pics from a few weeks ago:

Basil patch! Dill Hedge! tomatoes...soon to be salsa... the butterflies...

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metamorphosis of black swallowtail

Good things come to those who wait...

Butterfly Poster

Hi Andrea!!

Miss You...


Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Biggest Cucumber

I am not trying to grow ENOURMOUS cukes.

but they just spring up overnight. It rained today, and when i came home i found this:

Here is what the interwebs say:
Sent to me my by sweet beautiful Auntie:

Cucumbers are very easy to grow and make for a delicious treat. But did you know they can prevent hangovers, or clean the kitchen sink? Below is a list of tips and tricks you can do with cucumbers that you do not want to miss!
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.
 3. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!

By Matt Agorist,

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Butterfly Pictures


Over the past three weeks i have engaged in the raising of butterflies-- Black Swallowtails in this case.
Besides the pictures already posts in previous posts,
 (one is HERE and the first is HERE)
 i want to post some of the pictures of absolutely
 beautiful chrysalises-- chrysalii?
 and the butterflies as they hung to dry, and tried out their wings.

Later i will write about the philosophical, spiritual, and practical knowledge i gained. This was a very good use of my time.
I also have a lot of videos still to upload.

Here are some of the most beautiful and mysterious Chambers in nature:

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the shell of the chrysalis usually becomes transparent just before emergence...

When they come out of the chrysalis, as you saw in the previous  posts, it is very quick.
 They are all about finding a place to hang and let the wings shake out and dry.

 the wings look so small! they will walk right on your hand and look for a perch.
 the videos of emergence are here

they hang to dry for about 20-40 minutes.