August 28, 2003

Great Blue Lobelia

Image copyright Fred First

While flowers bloom unseen, I am being nibbled to death by mice. This pretty well sums up my self-pitiful mood this morning after a yesterday totally parasitized by you-know-who. The tension between caring for the puppy and caring about so many other things not done because of him is starting to take its toll on my attitude. And so you can read the title here in a booming voice in capital letters followed by an exclamation mark followed by the dog's name and disparaging, whiny comments about my self-sacrifice on his account. My muse has been gnawed away up to her lovely knees and I am taking some deep breathes to help me refocus on things rumoured to be going on outside the kennel. There. I feel better now. Let's see. What goes on out in the larger humanoid world on Goose Creek these days?

We will be talking to a representative of the Virginia Outdoors Federation next week about putting our land in the Conservation Easement program. Actually there are a half dozen contiguous neighbors who are possibly interested, and if this works out, there may be several hundred acres protected from development in perpetuity. The land can still be farmed and logged (on a prescribed schedule) and on our 80 acres we can build one additional dwelling. There could be some significant tax benefits or even some cash conversion advantages to help us pay off this place much sooner as well. We are located in an important watershed area of Floyd County. While almost all of the county drains by way of the Little River into the New River and thus to the Gulf, our area is drained by the Roanoke River (south fork formed by the confluence of Goose Creek and Bottom Creek) and important in water quality for the Roanoke Valley. I feel certain I'll have more to say on this as we talk with the folks next week.

The wildflower in the image is a close relative of the more familiar red Cardinal Flower, which should be but isn't growing in wet areas down here in the valley. I'd love to have some coming up along the branch beside the house just now, in with the orange Jewel Weed, mauve Joe Pye Weed, various yellow and lavender asters and assorted greenery that is changing now into it's muted autumn wardrobe. And the native yellow iris would do well there as well.

Ann is home today, and I think my attitude will be much improved by just one wildflower photo today. If I pull it off, I'll post it later in the afternoon. I hear wifey cooing in calm tones to the pup in the next room; maybe that means he's calmed down from his toothy early morning exuberance and it's safe to go get another cup of coffee without donning the kevlar socks. Wish me luck... here I go!

Posted by fred1st at August 28, 2003 06:34 AM | TrackBack

Good luck with the Virginia Outdoors Federation -- protecting your acreages from development sounds such a worthwhile cause. Lovely blue lobelia - the ones we see here are very tiny and straggly - I guess because of poor soils.

Posted by: Jenny at August 28, 2003 07:18 AM

Don't let the ankle-biter wear ya down! Basically, you're parenting again. Oy.

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at August 28, 2003 09:17 AM

I would offer some advice but I'm typing around a gently snoring 70-lb. lap puppy. *G*

Harley's at home with me today as the SU took a personal day off and is rocketing around the Monterey Penisula with his other Harley.

I haven't gotten a darned thing done today...except laughing, playing and hunting for wild strawberries.

Posted by: feste at August 28, 2003 05:49 PM

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