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Christmas Poinsettias, are they flowers?


Bette A. Stevens:

Watch this awesome video!

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video is called How to fold a poinsettia flower, origami.

But … are the originals on which the paper copies are based, really flowers?

From eNature Blog in the USA:

Are Christmas Poinsettias Really Flowers—Or Something Else?

Posted on Monday, December 02, 2013 by eNature

Poinsettias seem to be everywhere during the holiday season— schools, homes, offices and everywhere in between.

But how many of us have seen a poinsettia in the wild? And what’s a plant doing blooming right as winter is beginning?

Just where did this plant come from?

What Exactly Is A Poinsettia?

It’s lot more than just a pretty flower (more on that below). In the wild, poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a shrub or small tree, ranging in height from 2 to as high as 16 feet. Originally a native of Mexico, the plant has been introduced throughout the temperate regions…

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Celebrating Summer’s Cessation with a poem…


I love nature and usually have a little notepad and pencil with my on my nature walks. Nature is inspiring… I was resting and reflecting down by one of my favorite spots, a lovely little brook nearby.  Suddenly a few golden word nuggets grabbed me when I spotted the fall asters dancing in the breeze. ~ Bette A. Stevens

Final Performance SMALL


Bette A. Stevens:

Take a Sunday drive through the White Mountains any day of the week!

 

Originally posted on Living and Lovin:

HOP IN

RIDGELINE

Let me take you along my favorite stretch of roadway and you will see NH all decked out  in her finest!

One section is 32 miles with NO GAS.  It’s OK, I promise not to run out.

Ready?

White Mountain National Forest

 

 

 

 

White Mountain National Forest

 

 

 

Look at those COLORS just up ahead.

 

 

 

I want to show you  something that makes NH special

Covered Bridge #29

We are spoiled by  so many of these bridges,  throughout our state.

Let’s check out the river, I did tell you before that there is GOLD here.

GOLD Laden River

 

 

 

 

OK Jump back in let’s check out a few more spots of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s keep our eyes open,  MOOSE ARE HUGE!

 

 

 

Let’s pull off and check…

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Autumn Morning in Maine (poetry)


On my nature walks, I sometimes take a small pad and pencil and jot down word picture nuggets for my poems. Bette A. Stevens

September Morning

North winds whisk the clouds away

Towering  trees in fall array

Purples, golds an firy reds

All throughout Maine’s forests spread

Brook’s a place where minnows play

Dart past leaves that drift and sway

Bluejays chat, expounding tales

Of summer past and coming gales

Starched white towers climb the sky

Reminding all that autumn’s nigh

- Bette Stevens (copyright 9/22/2012)

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PLACES I LOVE…


Bette A. Stevens:

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK: America the Beautiful right here in Maine.

Originally posted on Back Road Journal:

Spending a holiday in the state of Maine is on the bucket list of many people. Ask the place they most want to visit and the answer probably will be Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.

View From The Terrace At The Bar Harbor Inn And The Margaret Todd Four Masted Schooner

What is the draw that has so many of us wanting to spend time in one of  Maine’s top destinations?  In the 1800’s, American’s wealthiest families spent time in this beautiful spot…the Astors, Carnegies, Fords, Morgans, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Why did they all pick this particular spot? What brought the rich and famous to the area is also what brings tourists from all over the world to this special place. The answer is the natural beauty and the simplicity of the land.

Bar Harbor And Frenchman’s Bay

Mention Bar Harbor and people immediately think of lighthouses, lobsters,  and…

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Liberty


Patriot's Poem

Liberty.

A poem for patriots

A Poem for Summer’s End


Aster alpinus

Final Performance

by Bette A. Stevens © 8/29/2012

While asters, purple tutus donned

With velvet yellow crowns

Ballet to cricket violins,

Sway tiptoe in their gowns;

A golden orb in treetops rests

The stage a soft pale blue

And I among their audience

Too soon must say, “Adieu!”

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