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Old 01-09-2015, 08:40 AM   #1601
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Thanks, guys. This is just one butterfly -- open his wings and it's presto-change-o. The thorns are on the Kapoc tree - fibers from which are used for stuffing cushions and such. It also has beautiful flowers in the Fall.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:50 AM   #1602
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Thanks, guys. This is just one butterfly -- open his wings and it's presto-change-o. The thorns are on the Kapoc tree - fibers from which are used for stuffing cushions and such. It also has beautiful flowers in the Fall.
Very pretty!

Made me think of this old quote from Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:13 AM   #1603
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I love that tree and the quote, thank you ladies for making this a great start to my day.
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:39 AM   #1604
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Very pretty!

Made me think of this old quote from Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr.

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Very nice, AB.

Go get 'em, Princess.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:03 PM   #1605
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We got snow! Although it' been bitter cold on and off this winter, it's been a very brown one. Big, fat flakes were floating down about 8:15 this morning, sticking to a lot of things. If you look closely, you can see them between the branches, against the darker background. I couldn't resist taking a picture. Himself keeps stalling, but that 5-6 inches of snow in the driveway won't clear itself! Wet and heavy, it's not fit for shoveling. Every time I've tried to fight our huge snowblower, it's won. We could be housebound for a while...
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:49 PM   #1606
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Very, very pretty, CG! I do hope you're not housebound, though!

From one extreme to the other , it's been warm and sunny, and today I picked up 6 lbs of strawberries from the roadside stand.
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roadside? There are high street shops with fruit and veg outside in open boxes....I won't touch them! Maybe air pollution is not a problem where you are?
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:37 PM   #1608
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roadside? There are high street shops with fruit and veg outside in open boxes....I won't touch them! Maybe air pollution is not a problem where you are?
Wow...
No, actually air pollution isn't a problem here in my small town at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range....no cities with air pollution for at least a hundred miles. I know the vendors, I know where the produce comes from, I know how long they are at the dreaded roadside stands before they are sold out, and I've been buying from them for years. LOL
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:21 PM   #1609
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This evening's sunset out my front door.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:25 PM   #1610
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Gorgeous, Cheryl!
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