Stamen and Stigma

I always wondered why there was one of the stamen looks different. I figured it was because it had no pollen attached to it. Maybe it was defective. I knew that the stamens where the male part of the plants reproduction system.

Turns out the one that looks different is not a stamen. It is a stigma and actually part of the plants female reproductive system and connected directly to the plants ovary. Learn something new every day!

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First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

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First Amaryllis In Pittsburgh

We have grown Amaryllis in the past but have never photographed any for some reason unknown to me. We also have never had one since we returned to Pittsburgh. They are beautiful spectacular blooms. We bought this one late in the season and it is a little short but the the flowers are magnificent.

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First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

First Amaryllis in Pittsburgh

How to Identify Winter in Pittsburgh

In recent years it’s hard to know when it is actually winter in Pittsburgh. We have had 60 degree days in January and 20 degree days in November. Fortunately we have a fool proof system. If Dino has his scarf on, it’s cold enough to be winter!

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Pittsburgh Winter

Point Breeze Christmas Tree

I really love when neighborhoods decorate existing trees with lights> It doesn’t have to be a pine tree! I saw this the other night when going out to dinner in Point Breeze and love the non traditional tree. Point Breeze is a small neighborhood with two really good restaurants.
Point Brugge
Pino’s Contemporary Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar.

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Point Breeze Christmas Tree

First Snow in Regent Square

The weather has been really strange this year but winter is definitely coming. Not enough snow to shovel but the patterns of the chain link fence against the red brick background are interesting.

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First Snow in Regent Square

This Snow is On Me

Okay, yesterday I published Thinking of Mexico. Today we had our first snowfall in Pittsburgh and a little more than expected. So if you were stuck in traffic or fell on the ice…my bad. To make up for It I will share a winter picture from a few years ago. Hopefully, this will bring warmer weather?

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A Winter Oak

San Jacinto Mountains.

I remember first hearing about Palm Springs on the Edwin R. Murrow Television show Person to Person. That show was my first exposure to Murrow. I don’t know which star he was interviewing, maybe it was William Holden, but we were riveted to our ten inch black and white TV like we were every Sunday. I was amazed that they were sitting at a pool in swimwear but it was the winter in Cleveland (freezing,cold,tons of snow) and they were sitting at a pool and looking at the snow on the surrounding mountains.

What a magical place I thought.

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