One benefit of feeding the birds is that they leave gifts in the form of shrubby things planted randomly. I have a whole thicket of honeysuckle, chokecherry, currants and cotoneasters forming the understory of ponderosa pines, all bird planted.
The beserk, crazy, insane last full week of school and the arrival of some of my favorite summer tenants! The Violet-green swallows are moving in, and we are moving out. Last days in our old building and packing to move into our new home in the National Register of Historic Places listed Rapid City High School.
"Thomas Nuttall, born January 5th 1786 in Yorkshire England, was a
pioneer in the field of botany and is noted by fellow botanist Charles
Sprague Sargent as "one of the most indefatigable and judicious of the
botanists who have studied the North American flora. Among his numerous
publications are some of the most valuable contributions in the field of
North American botany
In 1808, Nuttall emigrated to the United States to study its natural
history and explore uncharted lands in search of new and exciting
botanical discoveries, including species that had been unknown and
unnamed as of that time period . He arrived in Philadelphia and through
instruction in natural science from mentors like, plant collector
William Bartram and Professor Benjamin Smith Barton, he was able to go
on collecting trips sponsored by Barton. Soon afterwards, Nuttall became
Barton's assistant and was asked to travel to the great plains of the
west to collect for two years." Arnold Arboretum website
"a theory or practice in painting especially among
French painters of about 1870 of depicting the natural appearances of
objects by means of dabs or strokes of primary unmixed colors in order
to simulate actual reflected light." Merriam-Webster dictionary
This is one of the registered miniature donkeys that lives at Butternut Ridge Farm. These lovable little guys are used for therapy with special needs children, at nursing homes and in hospitals. This is a free program, run by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Parker in Peru, NY. Three of these little ones traveled to Newtown, CT to offer comfort to that community after the tragic school shooting, walking right in to classrooms to be with the children.
The trip was bittersweet, a sad farewell to a long and well lived life, but the promise of renewal and new life as well. It has been more than 40 years since I have seen Adirondack spring wildflowers and visited a sugarbush, we always travel home in the summer. Balm for the spirits to see the world greening up and flowers gracing the woodlands.