A couple of shots of the head of a chive plant from our garden. I thought it was a little more of a unique picture than we’re used to seeing when talking about a chive.
Some interesting facts about the history of chives:
Chives have been cultivated in Europe since the Middle Ages (5th until the 15th centuries), although their usage dates back 5000 years. They were sometimes referred to as “rush leeks” (from the Greek schoinos meaning rush and prason meaning leek).
The Romans believed chives could relieve the pain from sunburn or a sore throat. They believed eating chives could increase blood pressure and act as a diuretic.
Romanian Gypsies have used chives in fortune-telling. It was believed that bunches of dried chives hung around a house would ward off disease and evil.
Have a great weekend!
The orchard spider (Leucauge venusta) is a long-jawed orb weaver spider. They are apparently common in North America. I found this one in my backyard and have to admit its the first one I’ve ever seen. I used my Tamron f 2.8 90 mm Macro lens mounted on my Manfrotto tripod to capture this one. Click on the image to view larger.
I’d never seen a Bobolink before so I was pretty excited to get these pics. This is an adult male who was kind enough to give me several poses and even bend down so I could see the white markings on his back. The Bobolink is the only American bird that is black underneath and white on the back. They are extraordinary migrants, traveling thousands of miles each autumn. Bobolinks are also one of the few songbirds that undergoes two complete molts each year. Please click on the images to view them larger.
3 photo HDR image taken at a nearby state park yesterday late afternoon. Processed in Photomatix Pro. Camera used was my Nikon D7000 w/ 18-105 mm zoom, handheld.
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I’m looking forward to summer and the return of our little speedy friends that visit our backyard. Here is one of the photos I got this past year….not easy to get at first let me tell ya but like anything it gets easier with practice and a lot of patience.
The countdown is on…at least for me. Spring begins with the vernal equinox at 6:45 pm. (EDT) on March 20, 2015 in the Northern Hemisphere. The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west. Ah, spring! This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna. Very much looking forward to the return of color to my part of the world. How about you?