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 A friend of mine in the local insect club reminded me that now is a good time to put out butterfly feeders.  You can make nectar substitute, or just put out some overripe fruit.  Check your farmer's market for "seconds" that are damaged and sold cheap.
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Today we picked up branches and rolled logs to clear a path between the savannah and the driveway.  Then my partner Doug mowed through there and did some other parts of the savannah, but we're leaving the part that came up all Queen Anne's lace for the butterflies.

Also, HAZELNUTS!  For the first time, my hazelnut bush has little green nuts all over it.  :D 3q 3q 3q !!!  The purple and yellow coneflowers are winding down.
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This one is local to me, a new species of sedge has been named after a botanist at Eastern Illinois University. 

Bird Nests

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 ... have gone through interesting evolution.  I am amused to recall a myth in which the Weaver Bird attempted to teach all the other birds how to build a nest, but they all quit before getting the whole lesson.
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This was the linkback perk for the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Book_worm5, LJ user Moonwolf1988, and LJ user Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "change" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "4F Response" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the details, some of which are spoilers. It's about a giant grove of quaking aspen, which scientists believe to be in distress. Since Pando is somewhere between tens of thousands and a million years old (!) it has necessarily survived a great many challenges, so we may surmise it has defenses we probably have not seen yet. I extrapolated from the chemical prowess of the plant kingdom to suggest one possible way plants might deal with herbivores they can't flee from is to kill them -- perhaps by direct poison, but also sometimes by assisting a common pathogen into a more deadly effect. Warning for threatened treelife and mass animal death. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Today I picked a handful of blackberries, and watered plants. 
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Today we moved two piles of grass from the ritual meadow to dump at the edge of the prairie garden.

More of my blackberry lilies are blooming today, the two smaller ones, although the first is done blooming and now has big green seedpods on it.   We saw a butterfly in the wildflower garden, black and blue, so possibly a red-spotted purple or a spicebush swallowtail.
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I saw the hummer again.  This time he was drinking from some flowers in my barrel garden, zipping from one to another.  I usually plant something red and tubular in there for the hummingbirds.  :D 
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Round one: cut another wheelbarrow worth of tall weeds from the south lot.  Most of that space has now been mowed.  I still need to clear more around the septic tank and west hedge.

Round two: watered plants. 
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Today I cut two wheelbarrows of tall weeds from the south lot, clearing space to mow more of that.  This will open access to the volunteer maple tree that needs to be cut out of the hedge.  The tree guys are coming on Tuesday, hopefully at noon like they said, to take care of that.  Our old internet company was bought out by AT&T, which is behaving like a bull in a china shop, so my partner Doug spent the last month finding a replacement for internet and phone service.  They don't use the same towers, though, so had trouble getting a signal.  Fortunately that tree was meant for removal already, just at a later time.

I saw a hummingbird investigating the flowers in the barrel garden.  He immediately flew away again, but I got to see him.  I like hummingbirds.  They're like flying jewels.  :D  With Super-Speed as an ordinary species ability.

Round two: I picked a few blackberries.  Then I sprayed poison ivy and resprouting brush.
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The bonus fishbowl theme was "anything goes." I worked from 1:15 PM to 6:30 AM, so about 15 hours 15 minutes, accounting for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 16 later in the week.

Participation was higher, with 43 comments on LiveJournal and another 38 on Dreamwidth. Please welcome new prompter Zelofheda.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Fuzzy Intuition"
"Ice Fishing"
"A Kind of Memory in Nature"
"Just to Feel Alive"
"Kin to the Shadows"
"Other Options"
"The Rainbow Sails"
"The Solo Chorus"


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for July 19, 2016. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted. There were five donors this time:
[livejournal.com profile] janetmiles[personal profile] alatefeline, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. 


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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Round one: put out grass seed in a bare patch.

Round two: picked a handful of blackberries.

The tall yellow flower in the prairie garden does seem to be a cup plant. 
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My partner Doug tipped me to this article about a new species of whale.  

Some extrapolations I can make from available data:

* It is probably not very common, or we would have seen it sooner and more often.  Protection is advisable unless proof of large numbers emerges after further study.

* It probably lives where humans rarely go.  There are few humans in the far north, for example, while whales are fond of feeding in cold waters.  One was found in Alaska.  Beaked whales are also rare in the Pacific, which is large, and they favor deep water.  If these whales spend a lot of time in that territory, it would reduce opportunities for contact. Conversely, several have washed up in Japan, which is higher traffic for humans, and popular as breeding/calving territory for whales.

*  It may be in trouble.  We're finding dead ones.  If human activities (such as underwater noise or oil drilling) or side effects (such as global warming) have made this whale's natural environment less hospitable, then it makes sense they would move elsewhere and that some of them would die.

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