Clover or trefoil covers a wide range of plants, not just three- and four-leaf. I was hoping for one with an extra leaf but no such luck.
I must have walked by these thousands of times but never knew the name of them. Their full name is Eastern Snowball Viburnum Opulus which sounds like a horror movie about Easter or a new Transformer.
If only other plants were this easy.
Has it been a week already? Not good in many ways.
1. Writing (Goal – 120,000 words/finish five stories): 21,563 words and four stories. No change from last week.
2. Publishing (Send out 110 manuscripts): No change.
3. Read Finnegan’s Wake: Finished the fourth chapter, 91 pages out of 540.
4. Read Shakespeare’s sonnets: Complete.
5. Visit five new libraries: Two–Blanchester Public Library and Green Township.
6. 5,000 Push ups/8,000 Leg lifts: 1,453 push ups; 2,255 leg lifts.
7. Running: With my back still hurting and the treadmill broken, I biked on the stationary bike for five miles, bringing me to 334.98 for the year.
8. Lose 26 pounds: Haven’t checked for a while.
9. 100 photos of different species: Added Ichneumon wasp, Dandelion, Grackle, and Spring Beauty for 35 species.
10. Year of Mercy: No change.
Can you see the grackle in this picture? Its dark plumage is lost again the backdrop of Coney Island. I missed shot after shot of other grackles so I had to settle for this.
And for something even less impressive than a grackle–a dandelion.
If only dandelions had been rarer, they’d be treasured and not considered weeds.
Back on March 25, I finished the third chapter of Finnegan’s Wake but was too lost to post about it. Today I finished chapter 4 and am no less lost.
In grad school we had to read and translate a passage from a work in another language. Being a dope, I tried to use 100 Years of Solitude. It’s a great book but too elaborate for a weak reader of Spanish. I failed my first attempt and decided to switch to Lorca’s The Blood Wedding. It’s also a strong piece of literature but the style is much simpler, like going from Faulkner to Hemingway. I passed my test on The Blood Wedding although my Spanish was no better.
I can’t imagine a non-English version of Finnegan’s Wake. It doesn’t make sense in English so I don’t know how a translator could manage.
At least I’m up to 93 pages. I don’t claim to have any new insights but I am moving forward.
I think this is one of the species of Ichneumon wasps of Ohio. There are many of them and I didn’t want to make this guy mad.
Whatever he is (I think it’s a he because females usually have visible stinger-like organs for eggs), he’s more colorful than I first thought. You can see the spurs on his joints (I wish I could find more information about that). All the camera work started to bug him so I didn’t get shots I might have from a ladybug.