Flower, Bone, Publications, More
On Friday Mary and I took a jaunt to Inverness, the seat of Citrus County, FL. I spotted these lilies just to the side of a street construction project.
We passed trumpet honeysuckle beside the Deco Cafe, which I've gone to for great salads and coffee. Deco was closed at 4 p.m. on Friday (reopening at 5), so we dined at Angelo's, splitting a terrific plate of antipasto. But as for the honeysuckle:
Lonicera sempervirens, Family Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle Family). Also called coral honeysuckle. The nectar is a favorite of ruby-throated hummingbirds and butterflies; songbirds enjoy the berries, according to Floridata.
This caboose stands at the head of the Withlacoochie State Trail in downtown Inverness.
Back home, our loquat tree is fruiting.
Eriobotrya japonica, Rosaceae (Rose) Family. Native to China and Japan and also called Japanese plum. The fruits are edible -- "can be enjoyed fresh, dried or in jams and preserves," says Floridata.
Mary found this jawbone:
We don't know how long ago death occurred, but the bone seems picked clean. My first guess is an anole, but for all I know this might have belonged to a gecko or a young snake. Length: 17mm. Width: 10mm at widest point.
Belated update: The Autumn 2009 issue of Harp-Strings Poetry Journal contains my poem "The Unexpected Answer (after a painting by Rene Magritte)," which originally appeared in Of Poets And Poetry 35(2), June 2009.
Current update: My poem "Nor'easter Requiem" appears in unFold. Click on the link to read.
The Table of Contents is now up for A Sea of Alone: Poems for Alfred Hitchcock, forthcoming from Dark Scribe Press. Click here to access. Includes my poem "Far From the Pleasure Garden."
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