Archive for November, 2016

Kenilworth Ivy

I found Kenilworth ivy blooming near the side door of our house on the 25th of November.

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Its small size blended in with the surroundings.

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The flowers measure from 5/8 inch wide to 1/4 inch front to back. The lobed leaves range from 1 inch to 1 1/4 inch. They grow on the sides of the castles in England. I’m not sure how my grandmother got hers. (I assume it’s family hand-me-down.)

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This must be the gnome of the ivy “woods.”

It’s a friendly-looking gnome.

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Tree Personalities

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Who knew trees had such a personality?

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Stories could be made  up to go with the woody personalities.

 “There I was, right in the middle of a swamp. Something jumped in the water. And here came a snake, yes,  a snake.”

You can finished the story. Or get one of your little ones to finish it for you.

Evening Web Building

 I became interested in spiders and their webs during the first part of September,

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when I watched an orb weaver spider weave its web in the front yard for the night. ( I watched take it down the next morning.)

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The color varied from the changing angle of the sun, the color of it and surrounding darkening colors.

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Obviously, the sun made for a dramatic picture too.

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I don’t remember if there was a breeze or not. Cars and trucks passed on the highway. I ignored them.

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I can’t explain what caused this picture to turn out like it did. It had to be a combination of the light and sudden movement to create those web shapes.

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The spider went round and round, patiently building its web.

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I almost ran out of daylight. I would’ve of liked to see what the spider caught for its evening meal.

… It had already taken the web down before I got up the next morning.

Close Relatives

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  Slugs and snails are close relatives … a slug is a snail without a shell.

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Both are gastropods,

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and both have tentacles with eyes.

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Snails carry their shell on their back and

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can seal off the opening to keep from drying out.