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Dew, dew, dew what you did, did, did before

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From November 9th at the Riata Trace Pond, look what the dew did to this gulf vervain (Verbena xutha) inflorescence. For a closer look at the effects of the roration, click the excerpt below.

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As a Thanksgiving follow-up, you can check out an appreciation of America by Jewish Iranian refugee Roya Hakakian, A Modern-Day Pilgrim From the ‘Land of No,‘ that appeared in Common Sense by Bari Weiss.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 26, 2021 at 4:32 AM

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  1. pretty


    November 26, 2021 at 6:25 AM

  2. Tiny dewdrops were discovered and captured by the master photographer in Texas. Superb!

    Peter Klopp

    November 26, 2021 at 8:16 AM

    • Thanks. On the relatively few occasions like this when I find droplets, I dew take advantage of them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2021 at 8:45 AM

      • And so you should dew, Steve! For they dew make a lovely image… 🙂

        Ann Mackay

        November 26, 2021 at 1:04 PM

  3. I dew love that song. Lovely to see the tiny dew drops on the little flowerlets.


    November 26, 2021 at 9:38 AM

  4. I learned a new word here today, roration, Thanks, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    November 26, 2021 at 10:08 AM

  5. Neat. Envious.

    Steve Gingold

    November 26, 2021 at 2:47 PM

    • Usually it’s the other way, with you getting dew more often up there than we do down here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2021 at 4:07 PM

  6. Thank you for teaching me a new (slightly difficult-to-pronounce) word for this beautiful natural phenomenon.


    November 26, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    • You’re welcome. The Latin stem rōr-, which meant ‘dew’ and is the root in roration, had gotten changed from the original rōs that the Romans retained as the nominative singular form of the noun. That’s the form that appeared in rōs marīnus, literally ‘sea dew,’ which has given us the word rosemary.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2021 at 8:40 PM

  7. The drew drops look lovely on your subject

    Alessandra Chaves

    November 26, 2021 at 9:32 PM

  8. A new word and a new concept: ‘sea dew.’ I wonder if that’s a reference to the way sea fog condenses on land vegetation. When I did a search for ‘sea dew’ (and eliminated a gazilion returns for the Sea-doo jet skis) I finally landed on pages for the rosemary plant, and learned that the etymology has been preserved in the name of its genus: Rosmarinus officinalis.

    The subdued colors of the stem and faded flowers are a lovely complement to that bloom.


    November 27, 2021 at 6:38 AM

    • The American Heritage Dictionary speculates that the plant we call rosemary is “perhaps from the essential oil glands on the whitish underside of its leaves.” I just tried a search for sea dew and also got lots of hits for Sea-Doo, which I’d never even heard of till you mentioned it in your comment. Using quotation marks, “sea dew,” gave hits that excluded Sea-Doo (at least from the first pages of hits). And did you know that in a Google search string you can include a minus sign immediately in front of something you want to exclude? The search string ‘giraffe -giraffes’ (without the quotation marks) looks for occurrences of the singular without the plural.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 27, 2021 at 7:28 AM

  9. We have many heavily-dewy mornings here in Auckland, and they are definitely encouraged by the proximity of the sea. Thanks for this insight. Must get out and make some new dewy shots now.


    November 28, 2021 at 1:19 AM

    • Yes, dew go for it!
      I don’t recall any dew on my Auckland mornings (which were actually Whangaparaoa mornings).

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 28, 2021 at 6:05 AM

  10. Hello nice post thanks a lot for sharing

    Newcastle Asbestos

    November 29, 2021 at 12:45 PM

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