willow of eucalyptus?

willow of eucalyptus?

i am struck by how very similar these californian eucalyptus leaves are to my northern willow leaves i posted yesterday–not just in color, but in size and shape too. the human brain loves pattern match and make connections. so this little discovery gave me a fun little dopamine hit that lasted for several minutes.

i am reading a book called The Extended Mind by Annie Murphy Paul. some of you may be interested in it. here’s a quote i read this morning: “[It has been] established that nature is indeed a highly reliable and effective “drug,” bioengineered by evolution over thousands of years. It appears to affect us all in the same fashion: within twenty to sixty seconds of exposure to nature, our heart rate slows, our blood pressure drops, our breathing becomes more regular, and our brain activity becomes more relaxed. ”

let’s all get outside today for a good dose of vitamin N.

eucalyptus leaves

  • Erin Bradley says:

    Sadly Eucalyptus was introduced to California from Australia in the 1800s and have had a negative effect on Californian wildlife such as bats and honeybees. They are also a fire hazard and highly invasive. Maybe they should have also introduced koala bears to California! They are definitely very beautiful trees in the right place!!!

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leaves it is
 leaves it is after 9+ years of still, i know how seductive fall leave are. but i have also trained myself to look past their attention-getting showiness. but this year…well…i am giving in to what is…convenient. my mom, 85 years old, is having cardiac issues (in and out of a-fib) and i am her primary. so. fall leaves it is. looking “past” fall leaves takes more concentration than i have access to right now. lucky for you fall leaves is a pretty good consolation prize. willow leaves in fall

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fall 2021

fall 2021

i know. i know. i keep saying. it’s a strange autumn. and i am loving all these soft and muted colors–they are almost spring-like.

maple leaves in october

  • Susan L. says:

    Calming.

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technical difficulties

technical difficulties

in the nine-plus year of doing STILL i have had my share of technical snafus. in every case, i have been able to resolve them before the next day’s image needed to get posted. but today’s (or rather tonight’s, as i post these right before bed the night before) caught me surprisingly off guard. my adobe photoshop application stopped working (due to an failed routine update).  without photoshop, i couldn’t prepare my image i shot this afternoon for uploading, etc. etc, etc.  i was stymied.  i thought, really? after 10 years and 5 trans-atlantic relocations, you are going to miss your first daily post because of a failed adobe update? seriously?  well, when i calmed down, i was able to find a work-around for adobe. there is always a work around–i had just gotten stuck in my ways and momentarily couldn’t imagine another way to prepare my image file for wordpress. and in the morning i will fix my adobe problem. because right now i need to got bed. it was a long day.

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drop your seeds before it’s too late

drop your seeds before it’s too late

my husband steve and i got married when we were 25, but didn’t decide to have kids until we were 35. the first one was easy. but by the time we were trying for the second kid, i was already 37 years old. and i had never seen the chart that shows what happens to female fertility after age 35 (google it, it’s crazy how fast it drops off). needless to say, we had difficulty getting and staying pregnant. i have always wished that some kind-hearted gynecologist would have shown me that chart 10 years earlier. i had no idea. and we could have easily started sooner. we were just kicking around, travelling and having fun, before we started a family. so, this is my warning to all the young women out there…don’t wait until your in your late thirties or forties to start a family if you have a choice. biology doesn’t understand your good intentions.

prairie garsses 

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