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 Post subject: Another Spring Pic Thread
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 1:28 pm 
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Spring has reached the Arctic Midwest!!
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Amazing the difference two weeks can make.
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While I was down in the creekbed I got some "under the bank" pictures.
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More of the bank.
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"The woods are lovely, dark and deep...." (Robert Frost)
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While I was down there taking pictures, two Canadian geese stopped for a visit on their way home to Canada.
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Back when we moved into this house my husband built a sitting area down in the creekbed where we could sit and commune with the glorified drainage ditch. :mrgreen: The kids discovered it just recently and you'd have thought it was evidence of an ancient civilization. To them it was, I guess.
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Here's evidence that God is an artist and loves art. Can you see it? Right at the bottom of the photograph, slightly to the right. That little blue flower.

How many billions of little flowers are there, blooming all over the world, hidden away, never seen, except by God?

I just happened to see that one. :D

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Yep .. Spring is peeking in .... didn't realize that you are that far behind us ... all our trees have leaves now and birds are building nests. How are the temps now? Do you have a mud season like some places?

Nice pictures .. keep them coming.

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Glad it has arrived for you at last!

You have some nice woodland to play in there.

I often think about the flowers that no one sees except God who made them just for his pleasure right on the top of a mountain or deep in a forest.


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the tulips are ready to bloom, i'm hoping that they wait a few more days, the in-laws are coming to visit for easter. my mother in law will be happy to see that the family heirloom peony that she gave us last year too and is sprouting.

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Looks very nice there. Any whistle making wood around? :D


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I dunno. Does black walnut work?

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Looks very nice there. Any whistle making wood around? :D


I think I saw elder in one of her photos. That's a traditional whistle wood in Britain.


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Here's evidence that God is an artist and loves art. Can you see it? Right at the bottom of the photograph, slightly to the right. That little blue flower.

How many billions of little flowers are there, blooming all over the world, hidden away, never seen, except by God?
Good point, Connie. Well said!

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Adrian wrote:
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Looks very nice there. Any whistle making wood around? :D


I think I saw elder in one of her photos. That's a traditional whistle wood in Britain.


Adrian, if you could photoshop me an arrow pointing to the tree I'll get some for Tommy if he wants it.

Unless it's in the blurry picture of the goat pasture. That's not mine. I snapped it as I drove by.

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ConnieS wrote:
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Looks very nice there. Any whistle making wood around? :D


I think I saw elder in one of her photos. That's a traditional whistle wood in Britain.


Adrian, if you could photoshop me an arrow pointing to the tree I'll get some for Tommy if he wants it.

Unless it's in the blurry picture of the goat pasture. That's not mine. I snapped it as I drove by.


I have made several whistles from walnut, and the wood plays very nice. I have not tried any elder yet, but have read that it makes good whistles, or recorders.


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Tommy wrote:
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Looks very nice there. Any whistle making wood around? :D


I think I saw elder in one of her photos. That's a traditional whistle wood in Britain.


Adrian, if you could photoshop me an arrow pointing to the tree I'll get some for Tommy if he wants it.

Unless it's in the blurry picture of the goat pasture. That's not mine. I snapped it as I drove by.


I have made several whistles from walnut, and the wood plays very nice. I have not tried any elder yet, but have read that it makes good whistles, or recorders.


Why don't you just go up and get what you want ... take a big truck!! :D

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Why don't you just go up and get what you want ... take a big truck!! :D


Let me guess, ya want me to pick up you and Micheal on the way. :roll: :roll: :lol:


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Why don't you just go up and get what you want ... take a big truck!! :D


Let me guess, ya want me to pick up you and Micheal on the way. :roll: :roll: :lol:

Well ... duh .. yeah!!!! I want to meet Connie and Josh and Micheal and I could play all the way to keep you awake!!! And. .... you would be awake with our playing!!! :laughing:

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Y'all plannin' a Texas party up here? Come on up!!

Adrian, are you referring to the tree in the snow globe picture? That's a mulberry, native to the eastern U.S. It's probably related to the elder--the berries look alike.

Mulberry makes a nice jam if you doctor it up a bit. I've never heard of making whistles from it.

Tommy, if you want walnut, mulberry or whatever, pm me your specifications (length, diameter, etc.) and I'll send you out a package. It'll probably get there before you can get those wild Texans rounded up. :mrgreen:

Just kiddin'. Don't want no trouble with Texas.

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Oh, if y'all er going to plan a road trip, could you swing through Oklahoma and over through Colorado and pick up all those folks? Then we could have the Ohio, Illinois and maybe the eastern seaboard folks plan their own trip. Oh..um..Blackhawk, could you and the missus drive over to Texas and get picked up there? Then we'll have us a REAL session. Maybe videoconference it with the U.K. and Greece.

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Jim Wright wrote:
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Why don't you just go up and get what you want ... take a big truck!! :D


Let me guess, ya want me to pick up you and Micheal on the way. :roll: :roll: :lol:

Well ... duh .. yeah!!!! I want to meet Connie and Josh and Micheal and I could play all the way to keep you awake!!! And. .... you would be awake with our playing!!! :laughing:


I don't mind driving, however I am not sure I could drive and cry. :shock: :roll: :lol: :lol:


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Tommy wrote:
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Why don't you just go up and get what you want ... take a big truck!! :D


Let me guess, ya want me to pick up you and Micheal on the way. :roll: :roll: :lol:

Well ... duh .. yeah!!!! I want to meet Connie and Josh and Micheal and I could play all the way to keep you awake!!! And. .... you would be awake with our playing!!! :laughing:


I don't mind driving, however I am not sure I could drive and cry. :shock: :roll: :lol: :lol:


Hmmmmmmm

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Jim Wright wrote:
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Why don't you just go up and get what you want ... take a big truck!! :D


Let me guess, ya want me to pick up you and Micheal on the way. :roll: :roll: :lol:

Well ... duh .. yeah!!!! I want to meet Connie and Josh and Micheal and I could play all the way to keep you awake!!! And. .... you would be awake with our playing!!! :laughing:


I don't mind driving, however I am not sure I could drive and cry. :shock: :roll: :lol: :lol:


Hmmmmmmm


Hmmmmmmm is my line Jim. Can't you be a little more original :?:


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Tommy wrote:
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Jim Wright wrote:

Why don't you just go up and get what you want ... take a big truck!! :D


Let me guess, ya want me to pick up you and Micheal on the way. :roll: :roll: :lol:

Well ... duh .. yeah!!!! I want to meet Connie and Josh and Micheal and I could play all the way to keep you awake!!! And. .... you would be awake with our playing!!! :laughing:


I don't mind driving, however I am not sure I could drive and cry. :shock: :roll: :lol: :lol:


Hmmmmmmm


Hmmmmmmm is my line Jim. Can't you be a little more original :?:

Hummmmmm botta de da boop bop! :D It has the motions too but lacks something in just the words!!! :laughing:

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Seventh picture down. The shoots in the middle look like elder (sambucus nigra - spelling is probably worng) to me but the picture is not quite close enough for me to be certain.

The elder is one of my favorite trees. I the spring we collect the blossom to make a champane and later the fruit for pies and jams. The leaves we use as insect repellant, the pith for lamps, the bark for medicine. Best of all is the wood as it has been used for whistles, flutes and panpipes in Europe for as long as we know. The Roman Pliny talks of instruments being made from it.


We have a mulberry tree in Europe that has fruit similar to blackberry or raspberry and whose leaves are the main food for the silkworm. For instruments the mulberry wood is used to make bohdrans. When we were in Crete we saw lyres (a string instrument) being made out of mulberry wood. I had a super bow made from mulberry that I bought in Japan one time i was there. This tree maybe different to yours. My book here calls it morus nigra which i didn't know before tonight.


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Oh..um..Blackhawk, could you and the missus drive over to Texas and get picked up there? Then we'll have us a REAL session. Maybe videoconference it with the U.K. and Greece.
Oh man, that'd be fun, Connie! If the missus weren't still recovering from back surgery....oh man, it'd be tempting. Can we take a rain check, Connie?

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If we get many more .. we may have to tie Micheal on the roof ... which would be ok .. as long as we keep him supplied with chocolate :laughing:

Micheal would you be having a whistle that would cut through the wind noise if we did tie you there? Would hate for you to miss the playing!!! :roll: :D

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Where you guys going to put the chain saw? (You ARE going to get walnut, aren't you?) Come to think of it, where are you going to put the walnut on the way home? Mail it to yourself?

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Where you guys going to put the chain saw? (You ARE going to get walnut, aren't you?) Come to think of it, where are you going to put the walnut on the way home? Mail it to yourself?


Connie .. think of what you are saying ... do you really want to turn Tommy loose in your woods with a chain saw? The boy is crazy about wood for whistles .. He might think this was the mother load and clear your wooded area completly. He might even mail Micheal and I home and prefer wood to us.


especially if Micheal and I were playing the whole way up!

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