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06 August 2020
50 shades of green
I have been authoring fewer posts for TYWKIWDBI in recent months, in part because surfing the internet has become so relentlessly depressing. When I need therapy, I escape to the outdoors, and with travel options more limited, I've been spending more time at the University of Wisconsin arboretum. This week instead of exploring the prairie or wildflower-rich areas, I headed to the evergreen collections.
I know there are some who feel that pines and other non-deciduous plants are not colorful enough. To them I would offer the observation of that great philosopher, Lorne Malvo, who noted that the human eye can perceive more shades of green than any other color.
Whether that is true or not is irrelevant, because to my eye the beauty of evergreens lies not in their color, but in their remarkable variety of conformations and textures. If I were entertaining a visually-impaired friend, this is the section of the arboretum that I would bring them to.
Having said that, I'll be quiet now and let you browse on your own through the following gallery:
As I left I saw these two sandhill cranes. They were dancing and bumping chests, but as I drew nearer they reverted back to feeding.