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Poison Ivy – Beautiful but Dangerous

With its glossy leaves that change colors through the seasons, poison ivy can seem attractive.

Do not be fooled. Weeks of misery lie ahead for the unwary!

 

Fibonacci Number I – Math & Nature Go Hand in Hand

While too many of us are uncomfortable with math, there are underlying patterns in Nature that can be described by mathematical formulae. Fibonacci Numbers crop up all the time.

Fibonacci Numbers II – Are Plants Mathematicians?

Humans look for patterns. Mathematics shows us the underlying patterns in nature that we see but are otherwise hard for us to formulate. 

Fibonacci Numbers III – We Are Not Done Yet

A surprising number of flower petals conform to numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence. A final tidbit involves a musical piece based on the sequence.

A Hat Made of Mushrooms

No magic involved! All you need is the ability to closely examine the natural world and discover the many properties of the plants and fungi growing around us around us.

Open Sesame

So often we are surrounded by materials that we take for granted and never think to explore further. With our restrictions on moving about, many of us are cooking more and paying more attention to ingredients!

HOW it all began

I wasn’t always an avid reader. I remember being in first grade and being taught from the Dick and Jane series how to read. For the life of me, even at six years old, I could not fathom how anyone could rouse any interest in “Watch Dick run” or “Look at Spot.” Apparently I did grasp the process because I never need any further help with the subject but reading was definitely not a priority.

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Writing is work!

Reading eventually became a source of great pleasure for me.  Writing, however, was an altogether different matter. Elementary school was full of compositions and book reports. In high school and beyond, no semester was complete without at least one research paper. And I cannot say that I ever enjoyed it!

New Post: what is that tree!!!

We moved into our present home almost forty years ago. While the property had lawns front and back, there was little evidence that the previous owners were interested in gardening or landscaping. There were, however, lovely trees, some of which were quite large. In the front, close to the public walkway, there was a spindly tree with very large leaves which I could not identify.

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The suet Challenge

We have been warned for years against eating too much fat but the birds love it. What gives!!!

Speedy Red Dots

Summer sees  renewed activity for outdoor creatures. Some of them, however, decide to check out our homes. First I was intrigued by those flashing red dots on my computer screen. Finally, exasperated, I just wanted them to go home.

Perspective is Everything

Parallel lines cannot meet. Sometimes our eyes do not agree with the math.

The Art of the Garden-Flowery Oasis

Apartment buildings are not known for their esthetic grounds. A building in Riverdale has some surprises for us!

the art of the Garden - Sticks and Stones

Gardens require thoughtful planning and incorporate more than plants.

the art of the garden - common plants, uncommon beauty

It is not necessary to use exotic plants to achieve distinction. Less can be more!

Rosh Hashanah and Botany

The Jewish New Year is greeted with thanks for God’s bounty and blessings as we engage in the quest for spiritual growth.

Outdoor Guests-Adorable Chipmunks

I never expected to see chipmunks in my backyard after all these years.

Outdoor Guests – Coyotes! You’ve Got to be Kidding!!!

I thought that Riverdale, Bronx, NY was such a suburban area.

EcoFlora Can Save Us All

This project provides intellectual stimulation, outdoor activity and non-partisan interaction. Who could ask for more!

The Shape of Things

Sometimes pattern similarities are misleading but teasing out the threads can be fun.