Nature’s fireworks

Nature's fireworks, © 2016 Celia Her City
It’s ended up being a tradition, this visit to the community garden on the Fourth of July.

Blue star flower, © 2016 Celia Her City
There, the same explosive power has lit the fuse that the poet wrote of so long ago.

Matter expands (cabbage). © Celia Her City
Just as we are told to look to the skies at night for proofs of our nation’s glory, the earth, all competitive, unleashes a boundless and far more nuanced show.

The nucleus (cabbage), © Celia Her City

Streamers (snapdragons), © 2016 Celia Her City

Green starburst gleams, © 2016 Celia Her City

Finale! © 2016 Celia Her City

Raw dahlia, © 2016 Celia Her City

Aslyssum's million sparks, © 2016 Celia Her City
Happy 4th, everyone!

Over the estuary

seen from the observation platform
The recently completed Galien River boardwalk in New Buffalo spans a beautiful estuary.  Berrien County, with the aid of the Pokagon Fund, created this simple but impressive park.  It features a 60-foot-high observation platform and a long water-level boardwalk, enabling visitors to explore a locale where the waters of lake and river meet.  The observation platform, which juts out from a bluff, offers a panoramic view of the wetland below.

Lake Michigan waters flow into its mouth.
We are not far from where the Galien River, which runs through the Warren Woods, empties into Lake Michigan.  The river, which has a healthy current, here begins to mingle with the waters of the Lake, forming a broad, watery plain, particularly when the Lake waters are strong enough to flow inland, overwhelming the river, as they recently have.

Beaver lodge, Galien River estuary, © 2016 Celia Her City
The estuary harbors many fish, birds, insects, mammals, and reptiles.  Its strange waters nourish algae, grasses, and aquatic plants.  It’s lousy with frogs, water-spiders, and many other little creatures on which bigger creatures like to feed.  The general muckiness of it keeps humans from trespassing, say to get a better view of a beaver lodge.

Water quality, Galien River estuary, © 2016 Celia Her City
The foundation of the estuary is the grasses, which generate new forms of life as they decompose.  The water of the estuary is many colors and many thicknesses.  In some places it is clear and fresh-looking, in others clogged with green or brown flecks and gloppy or gelatinous.  In the summer, aquatic plants will shoot up from beneath the waters, and startlingly tall grasses will grow in great stands.

Reflections on the banks of the placid river.
The end of the boardwalk yields a view upstream, where the river has regular banks and the estuary ends.  The river’s surface glimmers with spring’s pastels.

My Edwardian girl

Framed picture of an Edwardian girl,© 2016 Celia Her City
The tag read “Victorian-era painting of girl in a mahogany frame with original wavy glass.”  Even though I knew the portrait wasn’t a painting but a print, possibly made as recently as the 1970s, still I bought the thing after getting the price knocked down.  The subject of the picture, and the way it was framed, spoke to me.  I figured I’d learn what I’d bought after getting it home. More

The new grocery store

Night-time construction at Clark and Division, Chicago
All the sudden, several old familiar grocery stores are closing and being torn down.

From my bus stop at night, I can see the work going forward on the site of the old Jewel at Clark and Division.  It was a large store, right next to the el, with a very large surface parking lot.  A few months back, the building was demolished, and now the entire site is being redeveloped.  It is valuable real estate, in a high density neighborhood.  No doubt the new grocery store will be larger, and there will be a parking deck of some kind; and more use will be crammed on to the site, wrapped within a taller building. More

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