Arctic lupine or Lupinus arcticus, growing along the road in Canada. These beautiful flowers grow up north where the air is crisp and clear; they tend to be light lilac to dark purple. The first time I saw Arctic Lupine was in Iceland, where the plants were imported to help with erosion and feed theContinue reading “Purple Haze”
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Only in America, American Colloquialism
The non-American guide to some of our Colloquiaslism and the reason behind them. I need your John Hancock. This means I need you to sign your name or signature on a bill or invoice. Why do we use a name for that? There is a myth that John Hancock signed his name on the DeclarationContinue reading “Only in America, American Colloquialism”
It doesn’t have a Red Belly.
Photo of a Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes Carolinus) that doesn’t have a red-bellied (who names birds?) on the lookout for some bugs to eat. To be fair, there was a bird already named Red-Headed Woodpecker, and it has a tiny orange patch near its feet. Some of you might be wondering if it’s an orange featheredContinue reading “It doesn’t have a Red Belly.”
The Great Dismal Swamp
It’s not that bad. I took a trip to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, USA. In winter, it’s a lovely weekend trip, but I wouldn’t risk it in summer; the mosquitos must be horrendous. Along the gravel car trail, there is a small trail to the 800-year-old tree, and as IContinue reading “The Great Dismal Swamp”
Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary
I have purchased an abridged version of Samuel Johnson’s dictionary, and below are some of my favorite entries enjoy. To be clear this is not the first English Dictionary, but it was the first to use quotes and was widely used, and some of it is catty, odd, and hilarious which is why it’s stillContinue reading “Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary”
Happy Leif Erikson Day!!
Blurb about Leif Erikson Day, how landed in North American 500 years before Columbus.
Weird things you never think of…
List of things you never thing of.
Strange, weird, and ironically funny…
Strange, weird, and ironically funny historical deaths. A few odd deaths from people in history.
To Queen or Not to Queen, that is the question.
History article about women in England’s history; and the three missing queens.
This gravesite is one out of nine thousand three hundred and eighty-five in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, one of the resting places for American Troops that died in Europe during WWII. It’s a sobering number. Instead of mourning their death, lets us rejoice that they lived. “It is foolish and wrong to mournContinue reading “Memorial Day”