Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
The northern catalpas (Catalpa speciosa) are blooming. These guys are native to the Ozarks but are fairly common here because they were the hot landscaping trees of the mid 19th century. They have huge heart-shaped leaves and gorgeous clumps of large white flowers. If you look down a flower you can see they are marked like a bee landing strip. Also, if you look at the underside of the leaves you can see little yellow spots. These are extra floral nectaries. When catalpa trees suffer too much insect damage, they will produce nectar here to encourage predatory ants to protect the tree.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day gentle readers. Just thought I'd share this sweet video of a pair of trumpeter swans feeding their cygnets at Gallup Park. Pretty cool how the parents kick up the bottom of the pond to suspend food for their kids to eat. They are such great parents. Anyway, I'm off to do yard work with the fam. Until tomorrow.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
I am procrastinating a lot right now. The summer festival starts today. Some of the highlights on the calendar for the next month are Django Django, Wild Belle, Theo Katzman, and nearly every movie on the schedule (IRON GIANT?!). Also Tangle looks awesome, but it should be accompanied by Tangled.
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An exhibit on Michigan's contributions to mid-century modern design opens at the Cranbrook Art Museum today. Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America focuses on the contributions of Michigan designers and architects to the modern design movement. It includes some important modern architecture buildings in Ann Arbor like architect William Muschenheim's house (above). There's even a little booklet of all the Ann Arbor buildings so you could go on a tour of your own if you want.
In my two minutes of research for this piece, I learned that there is a group, a2 modern, dedicated to modern architecture in Ann Arbor.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Did anyone make the show? Or the secret show? Then after the show it's the after party? And after the party is the hotel lobby?