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September 11, 2017

Our prayers continue.

Hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires.

Also, toss in a few areas with dry, or drought conditions.

Taken Monday evening, this picture of a red moon is result of drifting smoke from all the wildfires out west.

Satellite pictures actually showed the smoke cloud drifting from the wast coast all the way past the Great Lakes region.

In the face of tragedy, some beauty.

I am going to attempt to lighten things up today, if possible.


Karen continues to heal the loss of her mom in her own way, still no crying, however.

The fur kids are all healthy.

Enough so that the doggies went to the beauty parlor this past week.

Hope Network held a picnic this past week for staff, clients, and the families of the special people.

The weather was cool, with spot rain showers kicked up Lake Michigan.

There were plenty of tents and cover to allow the picnic to go on.

It was enjoyable and kudos to Hope Network.

My part of Michigan is moderately dry, so the Lake Effect rain was welcome, even if it came in short spurts.

Tuesday and Wednesday were just that.

Temperatures never made it out of the 50's, combined with warmer water temperatures and you get Lake Effect bands of rain (and snow).

After a quick shower Tuesday evening, the sun came out.

We were blessed with a full rainbow.

Rainbows are only possible if the sun is 42 degrees from the horizon, or lower.

With the sun higher in the sky, light goes thru the rain drops.

When the sun is lower than 42 degrees, the bow get a higher arc.

The lower the sun is, the greater the rainbow arc.

Temperatures rebounded to the uppers 60's and low 70's, by the weekend.

With a boat load of sunshine, I might add.

Sunshine makes all the difference.

Silly Chipmunk.

What would this little beast be doing on the hood of Karen's car?

I suppose waiting for some silly human
to come along, and take a picture.

A win, win.

Late August, and the month of September always bring the cheerful sounds of fledged American Goldfinchs.

I so enjoy these birds as their sound fills the air and often families of Goldfinches will fill the yard and feeders as they look for food and teach the young how to forage.

Goldfinches nest late in the season because they are almost 100% seed eating birds.

When are most weeds and flowers going to seed?

It has nothing to do with plant down and nest material as many suggest.

Stepping outside in the morning, and walking into the yard sounds like I'm walking into the middle of a bee hive.

It has been this way for the past three weeks or so.

Bumble Bees, of all shapes and sizes are everywhere right now.

Pollinating flowers only bumbles have the skills to pollinate.

There is an advantage to being big and powerful.

You can buzz/vibrate pollen lose, and then scoop it up.

Your strong jaws can chew holes into flowers and buds and go where other can't.

Only the queens will survive the cold of winter.

She will start a new nest the following spring.

Being fertilized the year before, the queen goes into hibernation.

There are 46 species of Bumble Bees in North America.

Over 250 species exist, worldwide.

So valuable is the Humble Bumble, it is now a major pollinator in greenhouse growing.

Bumbles are the true workhorse in the gardens, as they are busy going from flower to flower.

On most days, you may even be able to pet one of these docile bees.

Bumble Bees will only sting to protect a nest and themselves.

You can walk through a flower garden of Bumbles without the risk of being stung.

Isn't nature grand.

I hope I was able to lighten your heart today, maybe put a smile on your face too.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul".

Alfred Austin

Feeding the body and soul with the Glory of God.

From the bible,

Isaiah 6:3

"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea".

Habakkuk 2:14

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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