SAUVIE SATURDAY SATIATES OUR CRANIAC HANKERINGS

Originally posted on Towheeblog:
There were five of us on this Saturday birding trip to Sauvie Island.  No rain, mostly overcast, no wind, great light for binocs and camera alike. There were multitudes of birds, few birders.  I marvel that so many people live within an hour’s drive of Sauvie, yet few bother to experience the island when the crane numbers are at a peak.… Continue reading SAUVIE SATURDAY SATIATES OUR CRANIAC HANKERINGS

Large-Leafed Ficus: September 2019 Houseplant of the Month

Originally posted on Laidback Gardener:
Different varieties of variegated rubber plant (Ficus elastica). Ficus are well-known for being indoor trees with hundreds of little leaves, like the weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) and the Indian laurel (F. microcarpa), but other species come with large leaves that instantly give the plant a totally different, more rugged silhouette. These green giants are perfect for bringing atmosphere to a… Continue reading Large-Leafed Ficus: September 2019 Houseplant of the Month

Underpot to Keep Indoor Trees Under Control

Originally posted on Laidback Gardener:
Do you really want your indoor trees to reach the ceiling? Photo: apartmenttherapy.com Indoor trees are marvelous things. They give you the feeling of being in the great outdoors even while you’re in your own living room. They provide shade, making reading easier, they help purify the air and they perk up your décor like nothing else. But they do… Continue reading Underpot to Keep Indoor Trees Under Control

How Oaks and Beeches Control Their Predators

Originally posted on Laidback Gardener:
During a mast year, squirrels find more acorns than they can eat. Ill.: http://www.sccpre.cat, montage: laidbackgardener.blog Squirrels, jays and other nut-eating animals like nothing better than fattening up on acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts in preparation for winter. They’re rich in oils, protein and carbohydrates, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and the vitamin niacin. Not only do nut-munchers stuff themselves on… Continue reading How Oaks and Beeches Control Their Predators

You ‘Masu’ Not Sing ‘Desu’: Lyric Writing for Japanese Pop Songs

Originally posted on Pittsburgh Japanophile:
When it comes to analyzing any language, you will most likely encounter variations in the way speakers talk, based on the situation. When a speaker is conversing with someone in a business setting, they will most likely use very reverential and professional language. However, when conversing with friends, they may tend to use language that is filled with slang vocabulary… Continue reading You ‘Masu’ Not Sing ‘Desu’: Lyric Writing for Japanese Pop Songs