Magic van ~

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Throwback, May 7, 2017

It’s a van, but it makes me hum “We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine … and our friends are all on board, many more of them live next door, and the band begins to play …”

Rainy day, bright colors ~

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Sidewalk color collage, March 31, 2017

I passed this chair today and kept walking … for half a block or so and then turned around to go back and take a picture of it! And then as it happened, a bright yellow cab was just stopping, and I hadn’t noticed the splash of spring green on the fire hydrant or the purple and royal blue of the pole, so while I’d turned around for the robin-egg blue of the chair (not to mention the novelty of such a chair on the sidewalk!), I wound up with a whole fun palette of colors! And it truly was a rainy day: rain, rain, rain, all the livelong day!

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Early yellow blooms ~

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Yellow blossoms, January 21, 2017

Yellow blossoms when all the world is otherwise leafless make me think of forsythia, but it turns out that these yellow blossoms are witch-hazel, “which” bloom even earlier than forsythia! In fact the forest service (here) describes the witch-hazel’s flowers in pretty much the same way I just described the ones in this picture: “Generally, its bright yellow flowers are the only sign of color in woods where all the autumn leaves lay upon the forest floor.” But what does witch-hazel have to do with witches, you may ask? Nothing, really, though it’s been considered to have magical properties (on which, see this site here). According to this site here, the “witch” in witch-hazel comes from Old English “wican,” meaning “to bend.” So witch-hazel is a hazel with bendable branches, is all!