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sarah brennan

sarah brennan
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Greetings! I often forget to cross-post here. You can find me at musingsfromdave.blogspot.com as well.

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MAY 23, 2012 6:42PM

butterflies planning an insurrection in the driveway.

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OK, so last week, remember I had a cold? I’m still leaking brain fluid, but I’m doing much better. I’ve gotten back into the swing of things. The flower reports have been delayed due to rain, but this afternoon, we had a classic Vermont spring situation: blue sky, puffy clouds, full sun, and rain, all simultaneously. Heaven.

honeysuckle before…

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and after:

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white baneberry, the day before yesterday, had exploded into bloom…

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(remember it from two weeks before that?)

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today, the petals are gone. a few stamens are hanging around gamely. the stigma are sullied with glorious pollen.

 

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false solomon’s seal on april 28.

 

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by may 7, teensy flowers were on the way.

 

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on may 21, the seemingly embryonic flowers were out and about. they really are green.

 

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today, some of those are barely waking up.

 

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while others have unfurled more happy bits.

 

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milkweed makes its first appearance.

 

onwards to buttercups.

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I believe this one’s been fertilized.

 

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again, with the lingering stamens.

 

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the final product. so elegant.

 

female eastern tiger swallowtails congregating in the private drive on the way to the mailbox.

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seven.

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I snuck up on one. she was vibrating and moving slowly in a circle.

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she turned completely around.

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occasionally they’d lift off, flutter around, and gradually re-assemble.

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this one was exploring the soil with her probiscis (thank you, internet, for supplying the word.)

On the stud report, I started a CrossFit-type regimen at the gym this morning. It took just twelve minutes to reduce me from “woo hoo, let’s get started!” to “is there a bucket I can puke in?” Apparently I did great! I’ll try to last longer, next time.

On the chorus report, we had our spring performance over the weekend. I’ll link other groups’ performances of two of the pieces we did (we don’t film our performances).

This is a kick-ass, fast moving gospel piece. I was one of the smaller group in the front. I wore my sexy new LBD. It was awesome. (Again, please note, this video is Not Us.)

Here’s another piece we did – again, as performed by other people - http://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/satb-choral/three-songs-of-faith – the “i thank You God for most this amazing day” piece. Lovely stuff.

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Wow Love those butterflies. I think they are planning a party!
Fantastic photos and commentary, Sarah : ) I'll be back to just stare some more! That final milkweed shot...wow. I'm learning more plant IDs here too, one of my favorite things to learn.
Exquisite. So nice to see the natural progression of the flowers. So much mystery takes place every day. It's takes lots of elements coming together to make it all work - just like a chorus. :-) R
Huh, the youtube link to the other gospel choir's performance didn't come through. It's here: http://youtu.be/5QuTAerbeGA and they are truly amazing.
Stunning photos, Sarah. All my favorite subjects; I love honeysuckle and butterflies. Thank you for the visual treat.

R♥
Beautiful work Sarah,each better than the other.True nature in all its colours.Rated!!
Gorgeous, as usual! The butterflies are my favorite!
Butterfly wings ...
Butterfly dance ...
Lovely ... lovely ... all ... of these ...
You have such pretty, delicate flowers. I want to get some milkweed to attract monarchs.