Eggs and flowers, and a musing duck.

Where did the creek go? What next?
Those are the big questions I imagined this fellow was musing on as he stood quietly,
webfoot-deep in what so recently was a deep and flowing stream.

I guess it was a combination of our old bones and the chilly and damp weather that seemed to force the dwellers here to use the furnace — in May?? But that was last week, and for Pentecost and Memorial Day, everything changed; the creek is shrinking, the fountain water evaporating daily, and those of us who gathered at the cemetery to pray for those who died in battle were glad to have hats and/or stand in the shade.

The first strawberry turned ripe-red in the middle of the chilly week, and I didn’t anticipate any sweetness, but I took its picture and bit into it — and surprise! It was completely dessert-worthy and perfect.

On my walks to Felafel Cat’s place, which I will walk for the last time as soon as I finish this post, I have seen different plants to study. We had a fortnight lily by our swimming pool for ten years, but that is a thing of the past, so I loved seeing this one reaching over the sidewalk.

All these flowers are nice indeed, but what I really wanted to show you this week, which made a post so urgent, are these quail eggs; they were waiting for us worshipers after Pentecost Liturgy on a bench outside the door of the church, with a sign saying, “Happy Pentecost! Please take and enjoy!” I brought home one of the tidy boxes of a dozen eggs, which I think are one of most beautiful and unusual and springtimey gifts one could ever receive.

Tucked into my purse they traveled quite safely to my refrigerator,
but soon they must be cooked…
I think I’ll boil them so I can eat one at a time and prolong the magic.

Happy Spring to all!

13 thoughts on “Eggs and flowers, and a musing duck.

  1. Happy autumn from me, where all the chickens are moulting and sulking:)
    Fortnight lily? I am pleased to find this lily’s common name, as I dug some out of my garden to take to Paul’s place. I only knew its Latin name, which doesn’t make it easy to converse about. It is wonderfully hardy and drought tolerant, as well as lovely, isn’t it?

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  2. The eggs are beautiful — I’ve never seen one. Are they raised, there? Surely someone didn’t go about robbing nests to collect them! And now I know what to call that flower — the fortnight lily — that decorates one of our marinas and some of our roadways. It’s clearly used here as a landscape flower, but it’s quite beautiful, too.

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  3. Such lovely flowers. That lily you show is similar to one that grows wild here called Sego Lily or Mariposa. It comes later in the summer though. We also have a star lily that is very tiny and low to the ground and is an early spring flowers.

    Love, love, love those quail eggs. What a beautiful gift!

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    1. Your Sego Lily is in the Calochortus genus like our various Mariposa lilies. I hadn’t noticed until you pointed it out to me how much it resembles the Dietes Bicolor which is the name of the Fortnight Lily people use as a drought-tolerant landscape plant. But Dietes is in the iris family. I didn’t know this until you prompted me to look into it further. 🙂 And I searched in my files for Mariposa Lily and found so many pictures my daughter and I have taken over the years, I think I will make a little album!

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  4. What a lovely place you live. Even we had cold weather last week. Not so this week. We might hit 100 today.

    I love those quail eggs. Very springy. Poor duck. I feel like that every year. Where did the water go? Have wonderful week.

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  5. Beautiful flowers, but the strawberry is my favorite picture. Havent seen one quite that bright.

    why your last walk there? It’s a special place, even with the creek drying up. (I can imagine an expression about that on the duck’s face.)

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  6. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. I love sweet peas and you captured their beauty for sure. Hope this day finds you well!. I think of you often.

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