Pandemic Tumbleweed-Guest Blog

I’ve had a lot of good help with friends and family contributing to the blog during this Pandemic. I appreciate their sharing their images.

Some prefer to be anonymous and I respect their wishes. This early morning I received the photo AND the accompanying title. Thank you guest blogger. 😀

Pandemic Tumbleweed

Found on Jackson Street

Wednesday afternoon I walked to a friend’s front porch where I was dropping something off. On the way back, I noticed this bright blue ballon and it’s red string, the green weed

I’d missed seeing the balloon the first time but there it was waiting for me on my way home.

Loved the colors.

Wonder what the story is.

Allegheny Cemetery Walk

Today was  the day to get moving. The skies threatened rain so it would have been so easy to cancel and stay home. I even emailed to ask” is the walk happening rain or shine?”  Turns out they are committed and walk in the rain.

I decided I’d better go walk after telling everyone I was going to take a walk through this historic Allegheny Cemetery sponsored and led by Fitness Instructor Nancy of the Stephen Foster Community (senior) Center.

Now there were two speed walkers who left the other four of us in the dust. Experienced walkers for sure.  How I made it 3.5 miles is amazing. It’s happening again next Tuesday, too. Hmmmmmm

The Speed walkers like pinpoints as they pulled away from the pack. 

There were three Fox dens you can see on this little hillside. The seasoned walkers have seen their heads peeking out of the holes.

Cemetery workers cleaning up all decor and wreaths as of March 1st.

My second unicyclist sighting in a week. 

A poignant sculpture at a child’s grave

 

 

The Persistence of Maple Seeds

You know the seeds I’m referring to- the ones like helicopters that twirl in the wind or if you peel the end you can stick it on the end of your nose.That is if the seed isn’t too dry already. There’s a bit of “sticky” to adhere to your skin. My grandson likes to pick them up off the sidewalk and hold them high, let them go and like a rotor they go round and round to the ground. The maple seeds are all over the city this time of year.

Last week on our walk around the neighborhood, we saw a lot of the seeds and quite a few tiny maple trees.  I told Charlie that wherever a seed lands in some dirt, it has a chance to grow into a tree.  I find these “volunteer” trees in my pachysandra ground cover and in other unexpected spots.  You have to pull them up and out before they get too deep.  And of course volunteer trees pop up from acorns and other seeds.  Right now I have a grove of young ailanthus trees in my back garden..And if you want to purposefully plant a maple tree from seed, click here for instructions.

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Seed split open out of casing

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Trees in a rock garden

 

 

 

 

Evening Stroll in Reykjavik

Back home in Pittsburgh now but here’s an evening stroll from my hotel to the old city center in Reykjavik last week. Laugavegur was the street. It got dark on my way back. You can see the sea at the end of a couple of the streets. Open candles in windows were inviting

Don’t Mess with a Knitter” tattoo on upper arm- the canvas of the old woman in the window of the closed Art Gallery so no chance to give the artist credit.

Icelandic Bride

Although I’m back home in Pittsburgh, I saw this elegant bride in Reykavik on Saturday night. I’d just taken a photo of a dress in a window and walked while becoming wet in the sleeting cold rain. Just felt magical to see her. I hope she doesn’t mind .