|Like the youngsters at Seattle's Broadview Thomson|
Elementary school, I'm taking a summer break.
I happened to see the school's reader board and
its current message impressed me. To the Principal,
or whoever came up with this ... well done!
In this post ...
➤ Today is the longest day of the year
➤ A Cottonwood tree nature experiment
➤ Kilauea eruption
➤ 2 Months of change on waterfront walk
➤ Natural wonders
➤ Ship pics, just for fun
➤ Looking back 20 years ago
➤ Closing thought
Longest Day of the Year
Wed, Jun 21, 2023 7:57 AM
Cottonwood Nature Experiment
Cottonwood trees are plentiful in the Pacific Northwest. Recently, out on a walk, cottonwood seeds floated around me almost looking like snow. This year the trees seemed to have an extra abundance of seeds and the scene, like a snow in June, piqued my curiosity. I wondered, of the millions of seeds, what percentage actually germinate and establish a new Cottonwood tree. I decided to try a Nature Experiment and see if I could get some trees started. Here are a few pictures telling the story ... [PS I'll be the first to acknowledge that most humans find these trees annoying when the seeds begin to fall. However, for me, nature's amazing method of propagating the trees overcomes the annoyance.]
|Cottonwood seeds floating away from the|
the tree that produced them.
|Lots of seeds on this tree.|
Ready to drift away.
|Each seed is attached to a bit of fuzz that looks|
just like cotton. They drift slowly away from
the parent tree.
|Seeds accumulate along walkways.|
|Seeds are produced in bunches on little stems.|
|A cottonwood leaf and a couple of seeds.|
|A handful of seeds.|
|One tiny seed.|
|2 days after planting the seeds|
and keeping them watered.
|7 days after planting the seeds.|
Cottonwood trees on the way!
|14 days after planting.|
Be sure to see the large view.
Slow but on the way.
|21 days after planting.|
Note how the tiny leaves have already
started to get that jagged edge.
|Here is the goal ... Get the seedlings up a couple of inches|
and transplant them to a location riverside, where,
hopefully they will thrive.
[In this photo from the web, note how the tiny
seedlings look. I'm amazed at how many germinated!]
|Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted|
on June 7
[Screenshot from AccuWeather]
2 Months of Change on Waterfront Walk
|Around April 1 the powers in control|
buzzed away most of the vegetation at this
popular spot on the walk.
|I am amazed at how fast the plants and grass|
have come back.
|Mt Rainier as seen from the waterfront walk.|
The mountain is about 50 miles away.
June 4, 2023
|I like this picture ... it's a nice view of scale ...|
the average sailboat vs the MSC Container ship.
|I like this picture ... it's something I see almost every|
Sunday morning. A tug pulling a barge from Alaska.
I'm always curious about how a tug Captain decides
how long the tow will be to the barge. This one
is several hundred feet.
|The M5 -- World's tallest single-masted sailing yacht!|
This is the 2nd year the M5 has visited Seattle.
See YouTube video below for details.
[Not my video but I really like it. 😊 ]
|Seattle skyline from Kerry Park|
|Enjoyed a stay in Hawaii|
|Visited Yellowstone National Park|
and snapped this photo of
Great Falls of the Yellowstone
|Discovered a Rattlesnake while in Montana|
[Added this pic for my ticket to link up
with Saturday's Critters. Check it out!]