R W Emerson…

Ralph_Waldo_Emerson_ca1857_retouchedEmerson asked Thoreau “What are you doing now?”Do you keep a journal?””So i make my first entry to-day”That was Thoreau’s first entry on Oct. 22,1837.Enough said.

 

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Emerson for your Earth Day…

Earth laughs in flowers-R W Emerson-Thoreau’s mentor.The pic is by td,The flower is Bloodroot-Sanguinaria canadensis-is a first sign of spring in much of the eastern half of the U.S, the plant has a milky,acrid,orange sap that is common in woodland forests.Just a delight!

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Purple Top…

What a sight in the late afternoon sun!This is henbit-Lamium amplexicaule-also called Dead Nettle.It is a familiar weed in much of the U.S.-via Europe and Asia-growing up to a foot or so with 4-angled stems,opposite heart-shaped leaves and 2-lipped flowers.Henbit is a member of the mint family.Hey you pick-henbits are annuals,biennials, or perennials.Some common species are:Common,Red,and Spotted.While a bother to the farmer of this field,it is easy to control.As I learned from English naturalist Richard Maybe-the weed is just trying to hold the planet together.Note not long after this pic the farmer plowed the plant under-now adding organic matter to his soil.What a concept!

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wpid-C360_2013-05-08-14-19-46.Share_.jpgpic by td ; help from “Weeds”-a Golden Guide-Alexander Martin.One final note-this weed is all around me so I comment alot about it but we will not see it again til winter as it it is about done til winter.Happy Earth Day!

 

 

 

 

Thoreau for your Earth Day…

Each new year is a surprise to us. We find that we had virtually forgotten the note of each bird, and when we hear it again is remembered like a dream, reminding us of a previous state of existence.How happens it that the associations it awakens are always pleasing, never saddening; reminiscenses of our sanest hours? The voice of nature is always encouraging.March 18,1858.

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Just the prettiest little flower…

Spring Beauties-Claytonia virginica- is a perennial with five pink or white petals-flowering between March-May.The pretty flower is found in Eastern temperate deciduous forests.In this case it was found in central Illinois.It blankets the forest floor growing less than a foot high and opens only in bright light.Our Native Americans ate the starchy bulbs as food.No shocker here it is part of the purslane family-which is a common plant that is foraged.

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Have you seen this?…

It is called “WEEDit-an infrared weed detection system that can be installed on existing spraying systems when a farmer is spraying for weeds.it can detect and treat individual weeds using red lights,sensors,an a nozzle control system installed along the boom.The nozzles are activated only when a weed is detected instead of just spraying the entire field.It could save up to 90% in costs.This process is being used in Australia and 120 sprayers are being used a year since inception.In short,the device shines a red light on the plant and then the wavelength gets inside the chlorophyll and a small amount of it gets beamed back as infrared.this works on a leaf as small as 25 mm.Each sensor acts as it’s own computer for reporting feedback on it’s tasks.this technology is also due to be used in Canada this summer.Stay tuned!

 

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Thoreau for your Sunday…

…I think that i might go to church myself some Monday, if  i lived in a city where there was such a place to go.In Concord, to be sure,we do not need such.Our forests are such a church, fat grander and more sacred.We dare not leave our meeting places open for fear they would be profaned.Such a cave, such a shrine,in one of our groves, for instance,how long would it be respected?for what purposes would it be entered,by such baboons as we are?…from “A Yankee In Canada”1853

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thoreau for your Tuesday…

The mystery of the life of plants is kindred  with that of our own lives, and the physiologist must not presume to explain their growth according to mechanical laws,or as he might explain some machinery of his own making,We must not expect to probe with our fingers the sanctuary of any life,whether animal or vegetable.If we do,we shall discover nothing but surface still…Only that intellect makes any progress toward conceiving of the essence which at the same time perceives the effluence,March 7,2859.

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