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Friday, April 4, 2008

Spring !

...... and a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of.... compost?.... lawn mowing?.... photography!  Yes! 

Ed Rothe found these Japanese Andromeda blossoms in his own yard, the perfect subject for a new digital camera with closeup lens.  Pieris Andromeda, it turns out, is a widely adapted plant, although not a Maryland native. Obviously, it grows quite well here... as do banana trees in summer – witness the banana plant that appears every year by the mailbox of a house on Hallmark Drive. Ed promises more closeup photos to come, as he takes a good careful look at Mother Nature's delights. 

Inspired by this good example (contributions welcome!), I ventured out into my own backyard and found these wonderful golden harbingers of spring... my own "host of golden daffodils". 

And, what could be even more spring-like than a rousing game of croquet?  Such as the annual duel to the death between the inimitable St. John's College and the formidable U.S. Naval Academy?  This year's match is scheduled for April 20th on the lawn at St.  John's. Everyone's welcome, you don't even have to dress for the occasion (though the United States Croquet Association  does have a formal protocol for croquet matches....). 

John L.