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Ten Days in August

Ten Days in August . . .

Ganoderma (NYC 08 19 2016)

Ganoderma
(NYC 08 19 2016)

Time enough makes enough time past for the passing eye to perceive a growth surge in a fresh Ganoderma attached to a tree on a Manhattan side street.
The bracket fungi generate and expresses a repeated series of shelves ascending or descending . Rippled by the environment, these waves of growth are beautifully expressed. The sharp color contrast of the edge to the body clearly communicates an understanding of balance. Each one may be likened to the ring on a tree. The cycle appears more frequently than a year and may mark dry and wet periods of slow or vigorous growth.

Ganoderma (NYC 08 29 2016)

Ganoderma
(NYC 08 29 2016

This time marks the middle age of summer. Green has gone to the tired end of the spectrum as if some gray had been added from age, dust, a face exposed to the city. The bright and dry days of summer’s middle age give clearance at the end of a serious wave of high humidity in increased heat.
Clear air gives the spread of an individual Marestail grace to remain green from the available water. Individual Conyza canadensis hold beauty upright in tall symmetry dressed in green stalks and a filigree of white.
A clear face as the milk white Convolvulaceae. Bindweed sits bright before leaves sharp as a lancet, another allusion to Ages Middle like time Yore and ways Olde.

– rPs 08 30 2016

Postscript: More on Marestail: https://wildflowersofthewestvillage.com/2010/11/09/the-mares-tail/
and Bindweed: https://wildflowersofthewestvillage.com/2010/10/08/blooms-that-bind/

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Big and Bushy

Big and Bushy . . .

Marestail, Conyza canadensis, stands tall on Hudson Street. (Photo taken 07 2012)

After two vacations (to Connecticut and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state), and several fishing trips, I have returned to my search for West Village wildflowers. Two examples quickly stood out because of their sheer big and bushy scale. One is Marestail, Conyza candensis, which appears by its numbers, lushness, and size to be at its seasonal peak. The other species is Common Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, a biennial that here must be in its second year of growth, as yellow blooms have begun to crown these stately plants. One especially attractive specimen is located just around the corner from my townhouse.

Common Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, blooms on Greenwich Street. (Photo taken 07 2012)

— rPs 07 29 2012

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