Archive - Jun 28, 2006

Swamp Battle

Ma swan hisses off the cheeky red-winged black bird. The swans are constantly harassed by the blackbirds, who don't seem aware of their severe disadvantage in size.

The red-winged blackbirds are the bane of the swamp. They chase the other birds with a vengeance, and can react to every acrobatic maneuver of their victim. I haven't seen them catch anything yet; I assume they are just trying to frighten away competition.

Red Hats

No red hair in Fertile like the woman's below, but we do have Red Hats.

Two years ago, the Fertile Red Hats came to the nursery to visit the gardens in August. I was supposed to speak to them, I believe, but two things happened: My unassembled house arrived on two flatbed semis, and a Greyhound bus full of gardeners from Fergus Falls left on the wrong road and ended up buried up to the axles in what is now my living room.

More NYC pictures

A friend of mine once said you could stand on any given street corner in New York City for twenty-four hours an not be bored. Exhausted, maybe, but never bored. Here are some pictures I took from a single spot near Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park.

Twins roll

Wow. Liriano pitched as usual, Mauer had five hits and the Twins pounded the Dodgers 9-2. The Twins have won fifteen out of their last seventeen games--without moving up in the standings one inch, since both the Tigers and the White Sox have compiled the same record.

Well, I don't care. It doesn't matter if the Twins make the playoffs. They are going to be fun to watch this season no matter what. Santana pitches tomorrow at noon.