Monday, August 30, 2010

A Whitefly Waste

Tonight, in the garden, the air is moist.

Tiny whiteflies have been roused by the sprinkler

from their egg-laying orgies on the undersides

of the tomato plants’ fuzzy leaves.

On occasion, I have felt the whiteflies

get lost in my ear, or consumed by my breath.

They are smaller than aphids,

and sprightly like gnats.

Considered by science an agricultural blight,

they will be losing their colony in my tomato plants tomorrow.

The paper ran an article advising homeowners:

Remove all plants where the whitefly is found swarming.

The problem for the farmers is the growth stage

from egg to larvae,

which occurs on the underside of leaves,

and interrupts the photosynthesis

and respiration of the plant.

Reduction in the leaf function

causes the fruit of the plant

to be mal-nourished, resulting

in a paling and veininess

in the surface of the fruit.

My tomatoes have these symptoms.

Thanks to the wise media report,

I know why my tomatoes have blemishes

and I know what to do about it.

I am to tear out all of the tomato plants.

I will put them all into the yard waste bin.

The waste management people will come

and empty the yard waste bin

into the huge green recycling truck.

Then my tomatoes won’t have any more blemishes,

And I will have no more tomatoes.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bit of a Dismal Emancipation

So, I'll give Joe a bit of a break and post my own update. This blog may soon become my only link to this group - I'm leaving for college very soon and I won't be able to make many more of the in-person meetings. Therefore, I may actually post some things in the future.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Where Are They?

The summer of 2010 has been great for photographing milkweeds. I've managed to add to my archives of all five types that are common around here. However, one of the delights of photographing milkweeds, for me, has been finding the great variety of beautiful insects they attract. My favorite is probably the Red Milkweed Beetle, which I photographed often during the summer of 2009. For reasons unknown, I have only seen one this summer, and I didn't get a very good picture of it. So, for nostalgic enjoyment, I'm posting one from last summer.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Writers Blog Abhors a Vacuum

We can't let a whole month go by, can we? Continuing the theme of my previous post, let me invite you to check out my blog, especially go back to July 29 and read forward. I write about the aesthetic sense and evolution, among other things. As I continue to try to develop as a writer/artist/photographer, I am intrigued by how our sense of beautiful/ugly, smart/dumb, safe/dangerous varies so greatly and whether studying evolution sheds any light on the emergence of an aesthetic sense. Did natural selection favor the development of aesthetics, or is it an accidental by-product of some other trait(s) that was(were) selected for? One could (and should) ask the same question about religion.
So, I have saved us from going a whole month without any action on this blog!