The Accidental Universe

Ibis – Blanchard Park – April 2015

“Suppose time is a circle, bending back on itself. The world repeats itself, precisely, endlessly.” Alan Lightman

I’ve been delinquent on my book reporting. I am behind a few. The Accidental Universe by Alan Lightman is a wonderful collection of essays guaranteed to keep your brain tumbling for days.

My favorite segment was when he explained why bees make hexagonal wax compartments in the honeycombs. Turns out that the hexagon is a shape that can be made and fitted together with the least amount of wax, and it will always fit anywhere so bees can work independently on their chambers and connect them later – assured that the comb will be perfect. Amazing!!

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Bird Day #8

Urban Limpkin – Blanchard Park – April 2015
More Limpkin – Blanchard Park – April 2015

“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”  – Henry David Thoureau

Early morning bonus, I was able to follow this limpkin around for a bit. Love seeing birds like this in a suburban environment.

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Mourning Dove – Blanchard Park – April 2015
Eurasian Collared Dove – Mullet Lake Park – March 2015

“The thrustelcok made eek hir lay, The wode dove upon the spray She sang ful loude and cleere.” Geoffrey Chaucer

Middle English, perhaps we should create internet memes in middle English like the ones that say “if you can read this…..”.

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Lady’s Day

Female Cardinal – Blanchard Park – April 2015
Female Boat Tail Grackle – Orlando Wetlands Park – March 2015

“…in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, It’s the life in your years” – Abraham Lincoln

While not the brilliant red or the iridescent black of the males, they are beautiful!

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