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Posts Tagged ‘Blue Zones’

Puffball Birds

January 13, 2018 @ 8:52 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Our birdfeeders have been mobbed by birds looking like puffballs.  With temps below zero F, everyone has their feathers fluffed out as far as possible, but especially the house finches.  Chickadees, juncos, cardinals, blue jays, goldfinches, downey woodpecker and the occasional house sparrow are all bundled up for cold too.  Great news – haven’t seen or heard crows in weeks.

Take time to step into the Blue Zones of the natural world.  All life is wonderful.

Jay Ginther, MD

Christmas Blue Zones

January 1, 2018 @ 8:10 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Grandkids are Blue Zones.

We visited the younger set (Trevor and Isabel) through Christmas morning in Chicagoland.  Isabel is just learning to crawl.  Trevor has forgotten how to walk and runs all the time.  Both went bonkers over the packages under the tree.

We arrived in the Pacific Northwest Christmas evening to see the older set.  Gwen at 4 is now a Big Girl full of chatter on all topics.  She thoroughly enjoyed a very good Nutcracker (Balanchine choreography).  RJ at 7 is a hockey fanatic.  We watched him practice and watched the World Juniors (under 21) with him on the TV.  He knew all the US players and many others who play in the NHL.  Children’s museum, etc too.

Now work starts again tomorrow

Jay Ginther, MD

Backyard Blue Zones

April 30, 2017 @ 7:27 am
posted by Dr Ginther

My backyard is drier than Katoski along Blackhawk Creek.  The spring wildflowers are different.

Scilla were first, followed by bloodroot.  Daffys and narcissus, each variety a few days later.  Bellwort is always brief.  False anemone, toothwort, black cohash, blue myrtle.  Prairie trillium are the best in the nearly 40 years I have savored them.  Redbuds are spectacular this year.  Mayapples, starry nose Soloman seal, lillies of the valley, Jacob’s ladder, true Soloman seal, shooting star, are up but not blooming yet.  French lilacs have started, but Miss Kim and Persian not yet.  Rose Rhododendrons are a mass of hudreds of blossoms.

Anther Blue Zones experience.

Jay Ginther, MD

Spring in Katoski Greenway

April 26, 2017 @ 8:12 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Purple violets, spring beauty by the thousands, white violets, Virginia bluebells by the tens of thousands, yellow violets, trout lillies, a few early buttercups, the first time I have seen them blooming – stary Soloman’s plume, and a few ubiquitous dandylions by the parking lot.

Truely a Blue Zones experience!

Jay Ginther, MD