I love these times: after a deluge of rain, the clouds form a little gap for the sun to shine through, and the whole world glows and glistens in response. Plus, there are always plenty of puddles lying around; gateways to a parallel universe. The trick is to not step in any by accident, but [...]
Archive for October 2011
Nobody! Because the doodling is actually happening from the very inside of the leaf! There is a tiny insect larva in there, munching its meandering way, boring a path through the cells of the leaf, leaving in its wake this translucent tunnel. The dark spot at the end of the doodle – the eye – [...]
Yesterday, barely able to shuffle around thanks to some seriously aching muscles, earned by playing football for the first time in six years, I was unable to go for any outdoor explorations. Luckily, I remembered to look out of the window.
Every so often at this time of year, a really windy day comes along. Watching this tree was a pleasure. Contrasting with the stillness of the surrounding buildings, the frenzied waving of the branches was really extravagant. Buffeted this way and that by the wind, I couldn’t stand still either. However, my response was a [...]
I’ve been trying to find out why it is that some trees grow all twisty like this. Actually it isn’t at all uncommon, but I haven’t yet discovered anyone with a definitive answer to explain it. Two popular theories are that the spiralling is genetic and confers greater structural strength to the tree, or that [...]
Do you know who we’re waiting for??