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The title of today’s post reflects that fact that today is 2/22/22, on which date the country used to celebrate George Washington’s birthday when I was a kid, and for the sake of which this post went out at 2:22 in the morning. That’s a lotta 2s. Even so, you’re getting just one twosome of photographs today. From the property of Central City Austin Church in far northwest Austin on Valentine’s Day come these two pictures of sycamore trees, Platanus occidentalis. In the top view, the sycamore played merely a supporting role, literally and pictorially, for a shelf fungus. Below, the peeling bark on a sycamore bole is the subject in its own right.


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American college tuition has skyrocketed, “thanks” to the bloat of high-salaried administrators making sure that trendy ideological nonsense pervades everything. Prime among the institutions that have resisted the descent into mass delusion and indoctrination is Hillsdale College. You don’t even have to enroll there to learn from its free online courses. Watch some lessons and see what you think.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 22, 2022 at 2:22 AM

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  1. I can’t wait for 22:22!!!! 😉 Thanks for the twosome!

    marina kanavaki

    February 22, 2022 at 2:53 AM

  2. Here’s some juicy reading Re Hillsdale. More “666” than “22:22” https://www.nytimes.com/1999/11/15/us/scandal-rocks-a-conservative-campus.html


    February 22, 2022 at 6:21 AM

    • Speaking of 22, that scandal was 22 years ago. People are people, and in any institution of sufficient size there’ll be someone doing something shady. That doesn’t have an effect on the free online courses available today.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2022 at 6:40 AM

  3. I’ve shopping for a new hat and that top image reminds me of a cloche one. I admit I need to step away from hat shopping for a while! 😂

    The patterns and textures on the bottom image are interesting and I see lots of abstract compositions in them. The first one I saw is a dog face with its nose pointing down.


    February 22, 2022 at 8:19 AM

    • Instead of stepping away from a cloche hat, maybe you can trade the bell (which is what cloche means in French) for a fungus. As for the dog face, now that you’ve mentioned it I see; otherwise I wouldn’t have.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2022 at 8:34 AM

  4. Happy 22222! I bookmarked Hillsdale College for a closer look.

    Peter Klopp

    February 22, 2022 at 8:35 AM

  5. The general shape of your first photo brought Enchanted Rock to mind. The textures of the second are appealing — as well as a-peeling. The contrast between the heavier bark on the right and the smoother, white surface to the left is interesting. It’s not what I’d expect from a sycamore, but I’m not so familliar with those trees.


    February 22, 2022 at 9:53 PM

    • In the absence of flowers here, I’ve been toying with the idea of making another visit to Enchanted Rock, which is always prominent, and where the granite is indeed a-peeling.

      Because sycamore bark varies a lot it lends itself to different sorts of pictures. I’ll have shown several of them here this winter.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2022 at 6:02 AM

  6. The shelf fungus makes me think of a wasps’ nest. It looks as if it has a papery texture. The light and shade on the sycamore bark is very attractive…was going to say appealing!

    Ann Mackay

    February 26, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    • The shelf fungus may look papery and suggest wasps’ nests but it was firmer and didn’t feel papery.
      “Attractive” and “appealing” are words I use pretty often to describe things that inveigled me into photographing them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2022 at 12:07 PM

    • Sycamore bark varies a lot. That variety has kept me photographing those trees on and off for years.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2022 at 12:27 PM

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