A funky chunky block of wood

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European olive, Olea europæa, (meaning, literally, European olive. It’s not often that a binomial name means what it says.)

I’m not sure of the cultivar or subspecies, my guess might be silvestris, but it’s a small leafed variety. Sorry to digress (you know that’s why you read my blog though) but I once witnessed a Facebook debate with a person calling a variety by the generic name “European olive” and another calling him everything but a spawn of satan because of it. I’m pretty sure the tree on debate was also a sylvestris olive.

It was a farce of snobbishness, exclusion and pure ignorance.

It was terrific to watch too.

This dude, who had “studied” with some big name masters, didn’t understand how the scientific community just doesn’t care what we Bonsai people care to call a tree. The name Olea europæa is the “type” species for the genus Olea…

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People report American robins lingering this winter

Our Fine Feathered Friends

Photo by fotocitizen/Pixabay.com • An American robin fluffs its feathers to stay warm on a cold, wintry day. While the robin is a migratory bird, it’s not unusual for many individuals to forego migration in order to stay on their nesting range the whole year.

A stroll on some walking trails through the woods on Jan. 11 near my home resulted in my first 2020 observation of American robins. The presence of robins during the winter can be a hit-or-miss affair. After I posted my sighting on Facebook, I received plenty of anecdotal evidence to support my belief that many robins decided to skip migration this past fall and spend the winter in the region.

Jennifer Bauer, park superintendent for Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, Tennessee, posted that she saw a flock of about 25 robins at the park on Jan. 10.

Anne Powell Cowan, a resident of…

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