Beta vulgaris – 6-30-13

Pulled up this beet root today for Erin to spiral.

Pulled up this beet root today for Erin to spiral.

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Papilio polyxynes – Eggs on Fennel

Fennel in mound garden 6-29-13

Fennel in mound garden 6-29-13

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.

Papilio polyxenes - egg 6-29-13 - on fennel

Papilio polyxenes – egg 6-29-13 – on fennel


Papilio polyxenes - egg - 6-29-13

Papilio polyxenes – egg – 6-29-13

Pump In Place

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.

Masha Lafen testing our new pump.

Masha Lafen testing our new pump.

Earth Measure – rain and limestone dust

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.

Big tools take off big bites when it comes to stone removal. 6-24-13

Big tools take off big bites when it comes to stone removal. 6-24-13


Matt works in circles. 6-24-13

Matt works in circles. 6-24-13

Tactical Urbanism on E. Market

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.

Mike Lydon and Patrick Piuma discuss a TU action in the 800 block of E. Market.

Mike Lydon and Patrick Piuma discuss a TU action in the 800 block of E. Market.

Sy Safi (on knees) and others help with the street art in the new median parklet.

Sy Safi (on knees) and others help with the street art in the new median parklet.

TU team creating straw bale seating. Canvas over straw.

TU team creating straw bale seating. Canvas over straw.

Start up company at the TU.  Fresh, cold and tasty.

Start up company at the TU. Fresh, cold and tasty.

Mary Beth Brown discusses TU in the middle of Market St. over lunch.

Mary Beth Brown discusses TU in the middle of Market St. over lunch.

TU at the Speed of Local

TU at the Speed of Local

You can't engage in Tactical Urbanism without a beverage man.

You can’t engage in Tactical Urbanism without a beverage man.

Eric Burnette shows people how to make seed bombs.

Eric Burnette shows people how to make seed bombs.

Street art delineates the new median park.

Street art delineates the new median park.

Patrick Piuma.  Captain of this Ship of State.

Patrick Piuma. Captain of this Ship of State.

One of the strategies in TU is documentation.  Mary Beth Brown does that like a champ.

One of the strategies in TU is documentation. Mary Beth Brown does that like a champ.

Mike Lydon helps lead an idea capturing session during the intervention.

Mike Lydon helps lead an idea capturing session during the intervention.

The March of the Colonels gets ready to roll from Why Louisville Two.

The March of the Colonels gets ready to roll from Why Louisville Two.

Kate Hanraty, Colonel Sanders and Sailor Bip get ready for the March of the Colonels.

Kate Hanraty, Colonel Sanders and Sailor Bip get ready for the March of the Colonels.

Skate Park Initiation

Ruby's initiation at the Skate Park 6-20-13

Ruby’s initiation at the Skate Park 6-20-13

It’s only been ten days since Ruby first started her pedal bike exploration. That girl loves to ride. Every spare moment she wants to go out and ride. She has shown such skill and aptitude for the bike that I decided to take her to the skate park. Initially my intention was just to let her see what bikes could do and how skilled riders do things on a bike. But she was so eager to try it that I let her. In no time she was climbing hills and going down inclines. From my perspective it was a bit scary. But I would hate for my fears to limit her abilities. So… off we go.

And by the way…the skater dudes could not have been more gentlemanly toward her. They were quite encouraging. And a bit amazed.