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A Glimpse of Nature - Mayflower

We’ve all heard the proverb, “April showers bring May flowers.”  Well, it’s mid April, and the “mayflowers” have already begun to bloom.  I am referring to a particular flower, the species Epigaea repens, commonly known as trailing arbutus or mayflower.  This early-blooming species is a lovely, but humble, shrub that grows only a few inches tall as it creeps along the forest floor.

Poems Before Phones: Alyisha Recommends Poetry

To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, the Ames Free Library is cordially inviting you to participate in #PoemsBeforePhones!

#PoemsBeforePhones is a daily practice that encourages you to begin your day with a poem rather than doom-scrolling through social media. If you’re interested in reading more poetry, or in starting your mornings with increased gentleness and intention, consider this blog post your tap from the Universe.

A Glimpse of Nature - Burdock

For the past two weeks, we’ve concentrated on “firsts” – the first observation of a natural phenomena in its annual cycle.  This is only reasonable, for the appearance of something new draws attention.  More effort is required to notice “lasts” – the last cricket to sing in fall, the last hummingbird to migrate, the last aster to bloom.  On March 17,  I noticed the end of a cycle that I’ve been photographing for months, the life of burdock. 

You already know this plant, if not its name or natural history.  It is the plant with burs!

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