Watching closely related children on a swing. There are techniques for doing things that are taught and learned, those that are discovered, and those that are inate. It’s hard to tear those three apart.
I’ve been watching my fennel plant for the presence of these eggs for a spell now. I knew they would be coming. Ruby was amazed to see the little yellow “marbles” that are the eggs of the black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes). Her comment…Awwwww. I’ll try to photography the coming caterpillars and butterflies. It’s all about timing though. Here’s a picture of the plant and two of the eggs. I don’t have a good closeup lens but I like the soft look of these.
Inside these yellow spheres cells are dividing and organizing. That will happen again when the caterpillar changes into a butterfly. And then there is the death of the butterfly, yet another change followed by organization and whatever happens next. There is always a next whatever happens next.
A Monitor hand pump was just put in at the petal garden beds in the Bernheim Edible Garden. One of my strongest childhood memories was a working hand pump at my grandparents home that we used to fill a limestone watering trough. My brother and I would wad up grass to plug the drain hole and then use the pump to fill it and play in it. So I guess you could say my first pool was hand carved from solid limestone.
In the Bernheim garden all the water will be collected and stored on site in a connected system of rain barrels, cisterns, pools, ponds and wetlands. That water will be moved around using only gravity, human power and solar pumps. Here’s Masha, our summer intern with the FoodWorks program, testing out the newly installed hand pump. The pump is positioned directly over a cistern that is filled from roof runoff. Children can have fun playing with the pump without much water loss. When they are just playing around with the pump the water flows right back into the cistern. In the background you can see the temporary cistern collecting water from the roof so that we can use only water collected from the site during the construction phase as well.
Took a moment to go visit with Matt Weir today as he worked on Earth Measure. Monumental works or art are also monumental amounts of work. Sculpture is subtractive in the sense that before there can be more there needs to be less. Matt and his helper (sorry I forgot his name) were using tools that kicked up massive amounts of limestone dust today. I was there just as it started to rain. In the process I found out that limestone dust and rain have a very distinctive smell. Quite nice really. Here are two photos I grabbed in the process.
On 6-22-13 a team of citizens headed by Patrick Piuma of the Urban Design Studio and Mike Lydon of the Street Plans Collaborative spear headed a Tactical Urbanism action in the 800 block of East Market in Louisville KY. These images were taken during a morning that included shutting down parts of E Market, reverse parking, bump-outs at intersections, a tree lined median parklet, strawbale seating, and other designs. A Tactical Urbanism Salon took place at the Green Building in the 700 block followed by a 9 person Pecha Kucha style presentation on TU like efforts currently going on in Louisville. My hat is off to everyone involved in making this sort of thing happen. On my “TOOLS” page I put up links to the Tactical Urbansim handbooks.
At 2:00 p.m. on the day of the TU intervention Why Louisville Two hosted a March of the Colonels. Was that serendipity, good planning, or just the way Louisville rolls. We may never know. We may never care.
And by the way…the skater dudes could not have been more gentlemanly toward her. They were quite encouraging. And a bit amazed.