Friday, May 20, 2011

peppermint lifesaver lollipops

Today was by my reckoning only the third glorious-weather day of  this year.  I was at Terra Nova, enjoying the photons.  So was this American Goldfinch, who paused his willow-seed feasting to burst into prolonged song.

A male Tree Swallow in his Batman suit peeked from his lichen-encrusted fixer-upper.

A Bald Eagle, not quite fully mature, flopped low overhead.

And the fields were aglow with peppermint lifesaver lollipops

6 comments:

rebecca said...

Aw, peppermint lifesavers - when you were an interpreter did you ever do the sparking livesaver activity with kids? And if so did you know they recently stopped using real wintergreen oil in the lifesavers and they no longer spark? Maybe you have no idea what I'm talking about, but that's what you made me think of.

Hugh said...

Rebecca, To answer the questions in order, No, no, and I have heard about the phenomenon. Wintergreen didn't grow in the parks in BC where I worked, but it was a common plant in Ontario where I grew up. I chewed many a leaf. Had only I known.

Patricia Lichen said...

Rebecca, this is terrible news! I love the sparking wintergreen lifesaver trick!

Hugh, these are all such delightful captions. Doesn't ease my upset over the lifesaver news, but it helps.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Durn, I didn't know about lifesaver sparking and now it's too late.

biobabbler said...

What a delightful overview of a lovely spring day. =) (and I'm so bummed about the wint-o-green I'm just going to stay here in the 1st stage: denial, thank you very much.)

The Contented Naturalist said...

Love the peppermint lifesaver lollipop caption! Great image and alliteration. Sad to hear that I can never try the sparking lifesaver trick now. I'll have to console myself by chewing on some teaberry leaves. Then I'll get on ebay and see if anybody has vintage candies for sale...