Archive for February, 2016

Oh, What a Night!

Our living room window looks toward the west, over a highway, across a farmer’s field and on over to woods and a house.

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I usually sit by the window and eat my supper. The view varies.

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A tall wall of clouds added drama to this unusual view.

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Then the sun held it’s spot. The odd thing was there wasn’t a definite hard-edged to the sun’s shape.

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The sun seemed to emanate with slightly changing colors.

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It all seemed to stand still in its part of the sky’s landscape.

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Where exactly was the sun’s location? Apparently it created its own pattern and shapes of light.

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What was sinking in what?

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… and then an eagle soared by.

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I still don’t understand why the sun lacked a definite shape.

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The colors gradually faded as night approached.

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A Pruner, a Girdler and a ?

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We have a dawn redwood tree in our backyard

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that my mother gave us years ago. These pictures were taken the end of November.

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I found several twigs on the ground under the tree.

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What “cut” the twigs from the tree, and how did they do it to make the end look like that?

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There are tree pruner insects. A full-grown twig pruner chews through the wood from the inside out. This leaves a smooth cut on the inside of the twig. The ragged edge results from the twig breaking.

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This broken twig resulted from a female tree girdler chewing a v-shaped groove around the twig. The small larva overwintered in the fallen twig.

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The ones off the redwood tree don’t look like the work of a girdler or a pruner.

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It will probably remain a mystery … unless I find another clue in the future.