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An appropriate view from my computer room window

with 34 comments

Behold a red and green yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) casting shadows onto the otherwise sunny trunk of an Ashe juniper tree (Juniperus ashei) on the morning of December 4th. You may remember from the beginning of this year a close-up of a squirrel biting off one of these little fruits from the same yaupon tree.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 25, 2018 at 4:43 AM

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  1. perfect for the holiday )


    December 25, 2018 at 5:05 AM

  2. Nadelik Lowen Steve!


    December 25, 2018 at 9:12 AM

  3. Appropriate indeed Steven! Merry Christmas to you

    Tina Schell

    December 25, 2018 at 9:57 PM

  4. It’s a lovely view and a lovely photo that’s perfect for the season as well as for the day. I’m glad you linked to that photo of your squirrel, too. It’s one of my favorites, and in my opinion captures the very essence of squirrel.

    It occurred to me that the photo appeals for another reason: that nice distribution of red, green, and blue.


    December 26, 2018 at 6:45 AM

    • And it occurs to me that the picture also symbolizes the RGB color system at work in the the monitors on which we’re looking at the picture. Call it self-referential.

      Speaking of squirrels on the Ashe juniper outside my window, I’ve mentioned over the years that they often scamper about and occasionally one will stare me down. Twice in the last week something new happened: a squirrel jumped from the tree trunk straight toward me and onto the window sill. There it moved about and sniffed as if looking for something, then soon jumped back to the tree and ran away. Both times I quickly grabbed the camera and took what few pictures I could, but they weren’t great, given the circumstances.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 26, 2018 at 7:10 AM

  5. Wow~nice view you have! I hope you and Eve had a merry Christmas.


    December 26, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    • The view out that window as I write this shows light rain and some wind. You may envy the thermometer’s reading of 65°.

      Thanks for your good wishes, and the same back to you. We enjoyed a calm December 25th at home after having had maybe 15 people over for about five hours on December 23rd. Some of our guests came through the native plant connection and others through the Philippine connection, with one person indirectly falling into both categories, and another person into neither.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 26, 2018 at 10:11 AM

      • That sounds like fun. I’ve always been far too shy to host a gathering, but I am beginning to think it would be fun to try.

        We are enjoying 50’s with a light drizzle, despite all the dire forecasts.


        December 27, 2018 at 10:04 AM

        • Go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose except several loads in the dishwasher.

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 27, 2018 at 3:41 PM

          • Gulp!


            December 28, 2018 at 10:33 AM

            • It took till the third load two days later to finally get all the plates, bowls, and utensils washed and put away. Some people use paper plates and plastic utensils to cut way down on cleaning afterwards, but I like people to eat on/with the real thing.

              Steve Schwartzman

              December 28, 2018 at 11:56 AM

              • The dishwashing was much the same here but only 5 people were present for dinner. Messy cooks, methinks.


                December 30, 2018 at 5:08 AM

                • One factor is that when our visitors departed they carried away with them the bowls in which they’d brought their contributions. As a result, our cleaning burden was a lot less than if everything had been prepared here.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 30, 2018 at 8:48 AM

                • Excellent.


                  December 31, 2018 at 1:50 AM

  6. Wonderful photo of the festive yaupon tree, Steve. Best wishes for a new year filled with beauty and color.

    Jet Eliot

    December 26, 2018 at 2:49 PM

    • Festive indeed, Jet. That’s the view out my window for some three or four months of the year, from the time the fruit ripens to the time it falls off or gets eaten. It’s a good emblem for the ending of the old year and the launch into the new one. As long as nature exists, it will bring us beauty and color.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 26, 2018 at 3:07 PM

  7. Very apropos, Steve. I hope you are enjoying this festive season.


    December 26, 2018 at 3:27 PM

  8. How cool. Two of the more traditional American natives in one spot (although I think that Eastern red cedar is more traditional than Ashe juniper . . . in other regions).


    December 29, 2018 at 9:57 PM

    • oh wait, that’s yaupon, not Ilex opaca. duh. I should have caught that. I don’t see it often enough to remember the name, and I would not recognize it if I saw it again.


      December 29, 2018 at 9:58 PM

      • This is the native central Texas incarnation of what you had in mind.

        Steve Schwartzman

        December 29, 2018 at 10:53 PM

        • I have not seen Ilex opace since the late 1980s when I was still in school. Compact yaupon is used in landscapes here, but probably shouldn’t be. It never looks good. I happen to like the hollies, but some do not do well, and ‘gardeners’ ruin the rest.


          December 30, 2018 at 7:56 PM

  9. A very festive view.


    December 30, 2018 at 5:09 AM

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