By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Patient readers, I am finishing up another post on the horrid CDC HICPAC anti-mask teleconference coming up on August 22, so I am afraid you must make-do with a bird and a plant. Talk amongst yourselves! –lambert
Bird Song of the Day
Here at reader request:
Bobolink, Touch the Sky Prairie, Rock County, Minnesota, United States. “Male Bobolink that was countersinging with the male Bobolink in LNS 527282.” Over four minutes, so grab a cup of coffee, bobolink stans!
Contact information for plants: Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, to (a) find out how to send me a check if you are allergic to PayPal and (b) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please place it at the start of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. From John Zelnicker:
John Zelnicker writes: This was taken last October in my front yard taken while standing in the middle of my front porch. These tall wildflowers are the last to bloom and they put on a great show. This year’s bloom, in general, is taking more time to get going than last year, but I’m hopeful it will turn out good.” Masses of color. My garden aesthetic!
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