Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sprung

Flowers! Crocuses in Brooklyn Heights this afternoon, and some little tiny blue ones I don’t know. And reports of a pine warbler sighted over in Prospect. Springing…

An idea: a collection of the stalactites of the MTA, drip-growing from the roof of all those subway stations. More collections from this fellow Blackstock, pot-washer, savant, pen and ink taxonomist.

Many contrails this evening over the southwest, slicing the twilight before unbraiding poisonously in the sky. Beautiful but deadly: yes, contrails are more and more recognized as environmentally disastrously, helping to raise the planet’s temperature by seeding the kinds of high clouds that trap radiating heat.

3 comments:

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg said...

Freaky about the contrails. I've always had a soft spot for contrails, and for the word "contrails."

Might the early-blooming flowers in question be ipheion?

Thew said...

No, these were tiny bunches of bell-shaped deep blue-purple flowers. Probably so obvious, but I'm a flower idiot.

Gerry Gomez Pearlberg said...

Maybe Siberian Squill.
I once saw a photo of honeybees gathering an unbelievable brilliant blue pollen from Siberian Squill, so last fall I had a forced Labor Camp Day upstate whereby Wren and I planted 500 squill bulbs. Let's pray they rise!