- Blackberries Those beautiful arcs of bright white blooms are blackberries. There seems to be an abundance of the blooms this year. Blackberry blossoms are good nectar producers. The berries are well-known for their antioxidant properties. hmm, last year I made Dandelion Wine -- this year maybe wine from blackberries.
- Purple Verbena This flower is so pretty. As you drive along you spot a nice low growing splash of purple right on the side of the road.
- Oxeye Daisy This has to be my favorite flower of all time. The simple Oxeye Daisy is so elegant on its tall slender stem. I have read that Native Americans used a weak tea made from the oxeye daisy to sooth a fever.
- Horrible Thistle So harsh and so easy to spot whether it is in a cow pasture or by the road. The heavy duty looking plant with that bold magenta bloom stands out like the sore thumb you will get if you grab it in the wrong spot.
- False Dandelion Not your Common Dandelion -- this one is on a tall slender stem, very much like the stem of the Oxeye Daisy. The bloom does look like the other Dandy.
- Common Dandelion This is the one with the brilliant yellow blooms and those seed heads filled with tiny parachuting seeds. The Common Dandelion's stem grows about 10 inches high and the False Dandelion's stem can grow to about 3 feet high. About this time last year I posted a blog about making Dandelion wine from my great granddaddy's recipe.
- Hastate-Leaved Dock This plant is seen just about everywhere. It grows in groups, spreading patches. The reddish haze in a field is this plant. The stems are clustered and can grow as tall as 3 feet.
- Bluets Tiny perennials that grow to 6 inches or less. Four pale blue petals form the bloom. The middle of the bloom is a yellow eye. These are very delicate, small, and pretty.
- Crimson Clover (OK I have that song stuck in my head now too -- the Joan Jett version) is pretty and a striking deep red to see along the side of the road. This is an important plant. The plant is used to control erosion in many places. The clover produces a lot of seed that will spread or can be collected easily for other areas. There have been studies to determine that the main pollenators of crimson clover are honeybees. We have all heard about the disappearing honeybee -- so this is good news and will help keep them around.
- Blue Toadflax Another one of those plants responsible for that haze of color you see along the roadside or in a field. Taken one by one these are tiny, delicate blue blooms on tall, slender stems. When they grow in large groups -- the effect is beautiful. I am thinking of one field I saw recently. The red barn sets back from the road and in the field in front of it are clouds of blue here and there. Very pretty.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
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Savannah writer Hunter Dasten presents 3 poems: The Climb, An Immutable Act, My Dream, and Those Eyes. People keep Calling me a Poet says Hunter. Hmm, wonder why? Artists and writers do so hate to be put in boxes. Lots more poetry in this issue, too. Gilbert Head returns with Hell-Hound in the High Hall (dedicated to his brother) and shimmery springy In the Summer Hall / Karaginu Wings; Sandy Vanderbleek's wonderful lyrical poems, breakpoint graph and i wrote a devotional and Russell Lee Hale II presents a gritty view of life on The Road.
Short stories abound with Jasmine Rizer's Little Miss Straight-Edge Goes on Vacation (pt.2) -- or is it? You can be the judge of that one! James McCallister's award-winning, Howdy from Upstairs and Drék Davis gets something started with the edgy Push the Button (pt. 1); Frank Hamrick gives us a lovely photo and glimpse into history with Radio. McCabe Coolidge continues his heartfelt series of life, celebrating little moments, and saying goodbye with pt.6 of the Seven Questions: What will it be like when I die?
FROM THE STUDIO
Need a little inspiration? JUMP! Dorothy Birch is Springing into Spring, and so should you! Benda Basham Dothage is pondering on the Developmental Changes in Toddlers and Teenagers. A little brain food for all of us. Jill Kettles discusses the age-old question: To Sell or Not to Sell That is Your Option and Allen Bell's podcast (with video trailer) of Michael Swanson, filmmaker is surely inspiring.
ART & TECHNOLOGY
Robin Fay shares Documenting the art process : the joys and challenges of doing a self-documentary of art in progress. It's not as hard as it sounds, and it is alot of fun! Document your next project and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to see your work.
This issue features several guest reviewers in addition to the usual slate of contributors. In Book Reviews, Alice Berger reviews The Blankenschipf Curse by southern writer, Jim Murdock;
Robin Fay reviews MediaWiki (Wikipedia and beyond) by Daniel Barrett (for all of you technies out there); V.J. McClendon and David Carls do a one-two punch and review both the movie and book, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd ; while Paige Cummings reviews, Return of the Texas Ranger by Dac Crossley.
Musicians? Artists? Visionaries? Music reviews include an unclassifable podcast with filmmakers Victor Zimet and Stephanie Silber, interview about their movie Random Lunacy by Allen Bell. You really need to hear the podcast and watch the trailer of the film -- very interesting. Gilbert Head explores old time country duets worth Waiting for Nancy.
Check in with a Short Girl comix, book reviews, work from the Southerncreativity gallery (@ Flickr), art announcements & calls for entries.
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Preserve the Moment, Preserve the Land
a juried photography exhibit to benefit Southern Conservation Trust
Line Creek in Drought by Donna Rosser
April 24 through May 3 at Dogwood Gallery and Framer
1175 Senoia Rd., Tyrone
April 24, 6pm
Opening Reception, Juror’s Talk, Awards
April 25, 2pm
Lensbaby and the Nature Photographer
April 26, 2pm
Family Day, Birds of Prey Show
May 1, 6pm
Meet Local Photographers, Wine Tasting
May 2, 6pm
Susan Todd-Raque on Collecting Photography
May 3, 2pm
A Photographic Safari – slideshow and talk
Visit www.sctlandtrust.org for a list of sponsors and more information
Saturday, April 4, 2009
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