Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Completely forgot that when we went to Vietnam in 2009, I had used Posterous for a lot of the photo hosting for this blog, because it as an easy way email photos from my phone.
So now most of my Vietnam travel posts have broken image links... I have the images, but it's going to be a drag to try to recreate some of the visual narratives.
My new hobby seems to be taking macro shots of bugs. Here's a paper wasp that sat still long enough for me to get this shot.
There's a good sized nest on the ceiling of the back porch - not the most ideal spot (one will occasionally fly into the house), but we've had less caterpillar problems in the veggie garden this year, so we're peacefully co-existing.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Read they were edible. Thought they might be palatable. But they're quite delicious and something to look forward to. Sort of dragon-fruit / watermelon in texture but lighter. The seeds are flavorless but give it an interesting crunch. Happy our plant has started producing these and adding them to the list of accidental favorite garden foods (along with the Purslane that grows as a weed literally from the cracks in our sidewalk). We're living off the fat of the land, I tell ya.
This cactus is night blooming. Rather large flowers, maybe 5-6" in diameter when they're fully open. This one is just opening.
I normally don't see the flowers until the next morning when they're rather spent and starting to close again, but Daniel was out in the garden tonight and noticed this fresh one. He had a flashlight and stuck it inside the flower, which looked surprisingly cool. I went and grabbed the camera on Auto (don't know how to use most of the settings yet) and after a few shots, ended up with this.
This is the first time we've seen this cactus fruit (it's only started flowering in the last two seasons). The fruits are supposedly edible.
A few days ago, we wondered how we'd know when they were ready - the bottom one burst open overnight. Ta-da, guess that means it's ready. Picked the other two (the one on the top right is getting ready to explode). The flesh looks a little like a dragon fruit and smells sweet/fruity. We'll try eating them tomorrow.
They look kind of gigantic in the photo, but they're maybe medium apple sized.
PlantFiles: Apple Cactus, Peruvian Apple, Hedge Cactus, Peruvian Tree Cactus,
Friday, August 9, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
I thought this week's speech/press-conference by the president (which clearly wasn't expected - you can see the press corps scrambling because they were expecting a typical White House spokesman briefing) addressing the Treyvon Martin verdict was really well done. Thoughtful and though provoking. Kind of groundbreaking, in an understated way. I wish more politicians - heck, more people - would talk about race relations this simply and fearlessly.
The Washington Post has the original video and transcript. Worth the time to watch it, I think.
NPR has a good commentary (so good, in fact, that I stole their article title).
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
This yellow garden spider has been making itself at home in our gigantic, leggy, overgrown Juliet tomato plant for the last few weeks. Finally got a good picture of him/her, along with some fat, unlucky mummified flies. Below, a cropped-in detail. The spinneret is amazing up close!