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Wild columbine is one of my favorite flowers. Back when I was living with my sister and taking care of her garden I tried several times to plant it. Each time, the squirrels dug it up. More than destroying the flowers, it seemed that they liked taking advantage of the loosened soil and the depression in the ground once the plant was gone to use the space as a sort of dirt bath. Finally, I tried putting it in a pot to see if that discourage the digging. The squirrels sometimes hide nuts in the pot, but they haven’t destroyed the plant. Several years later and it’s doing quite well.

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A few weeks ago, I went to the American Museum of Natural History. I never downloaded the photos from my camera. In the meantime, I’ve forgotten the subjects of most of the photos. They’re mostly minerals and butterflies and I suppose I could spend some time looking them up, but I wouldn’t be getting that post up anytime soon. So, I’ve picked photos based purely on their visual appeal.

That’s New Jersey, the state on the Atlantic coast of North America, not the island in the English Channel.

Okay, that was quite a lot of work. My apologies for any errors.

Last week, I went to take some photos in Riverside Park. Unfortunately, I forgot my equipment which would allow me to take extreme close-ups, so I went back a couple of days ago. Normally, for the sake of download speeds, I put up optimized photos, frequently in smaller sizes. Since some of the bug pictures are fun to see at a larger scale, I’ve decided to put up larger versions of a few of them. For that reason, I’m putting most of them “below the fold.” Here’s a flower teaser.

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So, I bet everyone who was following my last few posts thinks I just pooped out! I have an excuse! My internet was down for a few days.

Anyway, one of the things I’ve been meaning to do is to go to the park where I sometimes go for exercise and take some photos. Riverside Park is a long, narrow strip along the west side of Manhattan. Due to its shape, it’s better for some things than others, mainly walking, strolling, jogging, walking the dog, anything that lends itself to a long narrow path. There are a lot of benches for sitting and relaxing and a few plots of grass. Generally, it’s very pleasant.

I’ve chosen the pictures that I think best give a feel for the place. They aren’t necessarily the best photos.

As always, although I like taking pictures of people, I often hesitate because I don’t want to be invasive. I don’t post any photos I feel that I wouldn’t want posted myself. However, if anyone spots themselves and wants the photo taken down, just let me know.

Last year, I planted two window boxes. I meant to replant them this year, but then the trip to China came up and I knew that it was going to be followed by another trip to California, so I didn’t bother since I wouldn’t be there to water them. The plants appeared dead. I saw some green leaves, but presumed they were weeds. Then, yesterday, I saw this:

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DSC_0388_8671It feels like ages ago that I promised China pictures.

In the northern part of Sichuan Province there’s a large nature reserve and national park. It’s located at a very high altitude and the scenery is very spectacular. Here is a quickie map I did to give you an idea of the location. I apologize for any inaccuracies.

Jiuzhaigou-LocationJiuzhaigou translates to “nine village valley,” and there are still several Tibetan villages within the park two of which are accessible to tourists. The best approximation of the pronunciation I could manage was “Joe – Jai – Go,” but I should warn you that without at least making a stab at the tones no one could understand what I was saying. The park is known for its waterfalls and lakes. The lakes have a high mineral content and are unusually colorful. We went there in the late spring/early summer, but the most popular time is the fall due to the colorful leaves. There are so many scenic spots, it’s really hard to take bad pictures.

We stopped by a church to take some photos. There were a lot of chipmunks there, which was interesting because they're solitary and territorial.

We stopped by a church to take some photos. There were a lot of chipmunks there, which was interesting because they’re solitary and territorial.

This is the train station.

This is the train station.

I went upstate to visit a friend over the weekend and I took my camera with me.

Since I didn't get a good look at this butterfly with it's wings open, I'm not sure of the species.

Since I didn’t get a good look at this butterfly with it’s wings open, I’m not sure of the species.

I thought it might look good in black and white, so I tried that.

I thought it might look good in black and white, so I tried that.

I saw several Great Blue Herons. Nearly missed this photo.

I saw several Great Blue Herons. Nearly missed this photo.

Well, I had some other photos, but WordPress is flaking out on me as usual.

Here is a quick post with some photos. I will write more in the very near future.

Guardian Lion in front of the Forbidden City.

Guardian Lion in front of the Forbidden City.

I probably don't need to tell anyone what this is, but, just in case, it's one of the Terracotta Warriors that were discovered outside the city of Xian.

I probably don’t need to tell anyone what this is, but, just in case, it’s one of the Terracotta Warriors that were discovered outside the city of Xian.

The national park and nature reserve, Jiuzhaigou.

The national park and nature reserve, Jiuzhaigou.

Did anyone actually think that I would go to China and not visit the pandas?

Did anyone actually think that I would go to China and not visit the pandas?

Chongqing was our ultimate destination. Here is the city's most popular food, hotpot. A variety of foods are put into the soup base at the center of the table.

Chongqing was our ultimate destination. Here is the city’s most popular food, hotpot. A variety of foods are put into the soup base at the center of the table.

We left Chongqing via the Yangtze river and when through the Three Gorges area and the big dam project. This is the Qutang Gorge.

We left Chongqing via the Yangtze river and when through the Three Gorges area and the big dam project. This is the Qutang Gorge.

As it happens, my photos stop after the dam. We went on to Shanghai, but it rained so I didn’t get many pictures there.

When I put up my butterfly picture the other day, I mentioned that it was taken in or near a town in England called Ironbridge. I mentioned that there was a bridge there made of iron, but since I put it in an off-hand way, it might have been overlooked that it is considered a fairly significant bridge. Tish Farrell, who Arkenaten has informed us lives near there, has put up a couple of posts on the subject.

Here are some of the other photos I took that day. I could have sworn that there were some more closeups of the bridge itself, but either I was mistaken or they have gotten separated from my larger collection of photos. These pictures were taken back in 1996 and I scanned them.

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We started our walk very near the bridge itself.

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This is the path we followed. (Rant: I originally wrote something else, but WordPress seems bizarrely intent on making their program worse, and my original captioned disappeared.)

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A butterfly.

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Buildwas Abbey.