Category Archives: summer

The day lilies have landed

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Waiting for our ruby-throated guests

I have to admit, when I first learned that hummingbirds were here in Chicago, I was rather shocked. Aren’t they tropical birds? Chicago? Really? But I have seen them at the Botanic Gardens and even once in our yard. They … Continue reading

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Father’s Day and Solstice Dinner

Father’s Day and Summer Solstice dinner prepared by me and my son for JB: Grilled Rainbow Trout, grilled mushrooms and asparagus, Japanese cole slaw, rice. Not pictured: grilled onions and Japanese sweet potatoes; Negronis, Sake, Aberlour; turtle torte, mango custard, … Continue reading

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School’s out for summer!

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s “Summer”

Presently in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, this painting of “Summer” is from Arcimboldo’s original Four Seasons, painted in 1563. This is the only version with both the artist’s name and the date “woven” into the collar and shoulder of the … Continue reading

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Seeking solace and connection and adventure

Eratosthenes (276 bce-194 bce), a Greek mathematician, geographer, astronomer, poet, and chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria calculated that 3,198 years ago to this very day, the sack of Troy occurred. Yes, 3,198 years ago, with the Trojan War … Continue reading

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Hypnotizing sounds of the katydids

Against the garage, attached to a stem of the clematis, we discovered these carefully placed insect eggs, so carefully placed, in fact, that they seem to be woven or braided. With some googling we were able to figure out that they … Continue reading

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