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Review: Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott April 25, 2014

Filed under: Everything Under the Sun — explorergarden @ 3:29 am

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Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Carolyn Fisher

Weeds are the most tenacious of plants, growing where nothing else can survive. This informational picture book looks at how these weeds are able to live in such harsh conditions. It also explores the various ways that weeds reproduce from fluffy seeds carried on the wind to being pokey and sticky and carried along on clothes and fur. Weeds can survive scorching heat and icy cold. They fight back by having stems that break before their roots are pulled out, sour sap or thorns. But in the end, this book is about survival and the beauty and wonder of weeds. It’s a celebration of these unwanted plants.

The author has written this book in prose, but uses poetic devices like analogies and similes to show how weeds thrive. Her language choices are very nice such as her depiction of…

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Snowflake Bentley April 8, 2014

Filed under: Inspiration — explorergarden @ 6:17 am

I am no Snowflake Bentley. But isn’t snow amazing? My children and I tried to catch pictures of perfect flakes in a Sierra snowfall, and got these pictures.

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Spring Storm

Filed under: Animals,Everything Under the Sun,Gratitude,Inspiration — explorergarden @ 6:10 am

When you live in a hot place, it’s wonderful to find yourself in situations in  nature that the rest of the nation deplores: a blizzard! These American Coots probably regretted coming to the Sierra early — but the 50 degree weather the week before fooled them! To us, it was an amazing experience to be blown around, freezing cold.

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