September 23rd, 2008

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Nose to the Grindstone

Last night, I could not keep from going back to the story.   Another 1302 words came pouring out, making yesterday's total a hefty 4098.

Today's words, so far, 2620.

This week, so far: 6718

Found out really interesting stuff about Arcolin, Aesil M'dierra (the only woman presently running a mercenary company in Aarenis), Kieri's banker in Valdaire, Kieri's factor in Valdaire, and other stuff.  The people who manage your property may start thinking they own it.   The renters even more so.   Some mercenary companies treat their wounded better than others.    You can't always trust contract employers (the Pler Vonjans, for instance) to be ready to pay up on time. 

Craft bit:  always look twice at words you make up.   Sometimes they may lead to confusion (confusion avoided, in this case, by looking twice.  Clever made-up word.  Not a good idea.)

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

80 acres: small beauties

 A few images from the last couple of days,  found while mowing and then photographed later.

This small bush is in the mallow family; it has ragged-edged heart-shaped leaves, and bright golden flowers.  I think it may be Bastardia viscosa, except its flowers are a little orangier (than some pictures) and it's supposed to live almost 400 miles away in extreme South Texas.  


This beauty is in the genus Mirabilis, in the Four-o'-Clock family.  Those vivid magenta petals are open for only a few hours--easy to miss if you walk by it at any other time of day on the day they're open--so usually what you see are the papery bracts, translucent and lightly touched with pale pink.  It flowers after rain, from early summer through, obviously, now,  and in a wet year may stand 3 feet tall or more.  In a dry year, like this one, it's barely knee-high.  This plant with no petals visible was IDed for me as M. albida, but the vivid purplish-pink of the petals makes me think it might be M. gigantea.   When I first saw it from the tractor, it had more of its petals on; by the time I'd parked the tractor, fetched the camera from the house, and walked back out to it, most had fallen (it was evening.)   It's an original prairie plant, and it seems to be spreading to different areas of the prairie restoration project.