Friday, August 5, 2011
SkyWatch Friday: Salsify against the Sky
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Western Salsify (Tragopogon dubius) in our pasture
With a yellow budding Salsify flower to its left and fragrant wild Bergamot at its base, this Western Salsify will soon release its large dandelion-type seeds to drift across the summer sky on mountain breezes.
Wildflower seed on the sand and stone
May the four winds blow you safely home...
Wildflower seed on the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again.
~Grateful Dead, "Franklin's Tower"
Aren't they beautiful?
The seed has no idea of being some particular plant,
but it has its own form and is in perfect harmony
with the ground, with its surroundings ...
and there is no trouble.
This is what we mean by naturalness.
~ Shrunyu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"
for more skies (with and without wafting seeds) :-)
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"