Sunday, April 25, 2010

Flower, Bone, Publications, More

Lily 1
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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.

Lily 2
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Lily 3
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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:

Trumpet Honeysuckle 1
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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.

Trumpet Honeysuckle 2
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This caboose stands at the head of the Withlacoochie State Trail in downtown Inverness.

Withlacoochie State Trail Caboose 1

Withlacoochie State Trail Caboose 2

Back home, our loquat tree is fruiting.

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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:

Reptile Jawbone
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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.

Harp-Strings Poetry Journal, Autumn 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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