December 8, 2017
This entry was posted on December 8, 2017 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Flowers, Garden, Leaves and was tagged with begonia, dead flowers, dead leaves, flowers, leaves, photography.
Even at this stage, there is a certain beauty. Well done, Linda.
December 8, 2017 at 10:20 AM
So glad you agree, Ken. Thanks. I think I’ve liked flowers past their prime for a long time, but leaves that have been zapped by a freeze are a relatively new interest. Hostas freeze nicely this way, but I didn’t shoot any this year.
December 8, 2017 at 4:49 PM
Lovely, lovely light! I’ve got a few begonias on the deck that should have been brought in…we’re flirting with freezing each night, but since they’re not on the ground, they’re just wilting heavily. Ah, the stages living beings go through! I must not bemoan my own so much!
December 8, 2017 at 5:33 PM
Husband David just told me that 80 percent of the Aztec population died when the Spaniards brought Salmonella to the Americas. How awful it must have been to live as an Aztec during those times. (This is apparently a recent finding, determined from DNA tests. I think that previously we thought the worst thing the Spaniards brought was small pox.) He read this in Nature at the library this afternoon. Oh, look, here’s the article: https://www.nature.com/news/collapse-of-aztec-society-linked-to-catastrophic-salmonella-outbreak-1.21485. So, yes, I guess we could use a little perspective.
December 8, 2017 at 9:16 PM
Today we went to the aquarium (Seattle Aquarium) and learned there was a 90% die-off of sea stars (aka starfish) in our waters, since only 2013. A virus is suspected. It’s affecting sea stars all up and down the coast, and people in CA, here and even NY (Cornell I think) are trying to figure out what’s going on. They say it may be the biggest species die-off known. Frightening, but what happened to the Aztecs seems worse to me, because along with the diseases, which they probably didn’t realize would be so devastating, Europeans brought much more violence to these people, and they should have known better. I mean the virus doesn’t know what it’s doing, but we did, at some point. OK, I’m done.
December 13, 2017 at 9:51 PM
I didn’t know that about starfish. It’s hard not to feel that the world is falling apart, in so many ways. I’m done, too. Temporarily.
December 14, 2017 at 9:50 AM
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