Sunday, September 28, 2008

Poison ivy in my neighborhood

I walked around noting where poison ivy had insinuated itself into beds of myrtle, English ivy, and even under beautiful blossoms. (Update: about the flowers, Evelyn says: it just doesn't look quite right to be poison ivy. The leaves seem too ornate. She's probably right.)

Of course I found one or two plants in my own garden: the last photo shows what I did next.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

What does poison ivy look like....

Sometimes people ask us what poison ivy looks like. Three leaves and a red stem:

And other tales of our autumn walk this morning...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mona Lisa, Photographer

I haven't found a new Mona Lisa lately -- until this one. It's another example of something I was pursuing: if you are out of ideas, put Mona Lisa ANYWHERE. Then in your text, use a cliche like Why is she smiling? Presto! You have an instant ad. Originality? Who cares?

See my earlier post: Pointless

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September Colors

Every autumn I take some photos of the early changing colors at Gallup Park. At the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, they say that the fruit is around 2 weeks later than usual: I think the leaves and other plants are also delayed this year. But still, a few red berries, a few yellow leaves...

Monday, September 08, 2008

Waiting for this Film

The images suggest that this will be another wonderful not-for-kids-only film. I hope someone subtitles this trailer soon.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Commemoration in Lincoln

I read today that Lincoln, England, is holding an event to coincide with "European Days of Jewish Culture." The Europe-wide commemorative events involve towns and cities with a tradition of Jewish history. In Lincoln, "a formalised Jewish heritage trail has been established ready for the event, which will be walked as a complete entity for the first time," according to the blog News for Medievalists.

Several years ago, I spent quite a lot of time researching Aaron of Lincoln, a financial innovator who became the richest man in England. At left is my 2000 photo of the house in England called "Aaron's House" -- though evidence is weak that he lived there in actuality.

Aaron's story is most fascinating, involving the 12th century Jewish communities of Rouen, France, and London and Lincoln, England. Rouen and London were the two capitals of Henry II, Plantagenet, who ruled both Normandy and England -- inherited ultimately from his ancestor William the Conqueror. Another fascinating story.

According to the article:
Steve Griffiths, Jewish community secretary, said: "Lincoln is home to Britain's greatest collection of medieval Jewish houses which are a testimony to its importance as a centre of Jewish life in England. Jews lived here for the better part of two centuries most of the time in comparative peace and harmony which the periodic uproars and tragedies have tended to disguise."