I'm sure everyone's heard all the kerfluffel over Amazon and Hatchette Publishing? Well, now James Patterson has something to say about it too. If by chance you haven't heard what it's all about, check out this article in the Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/how-the-amazon-hachette-fight-could-shape-the-future-of-ideas/371756/
Here's what James Patterson has to say about it all:
James Patterson: Amazon, 'a National Tragedy'
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Also known as windflower and prairie crocus, the pasqueflower's scientific name is Pulsatilla and is in the Ranunculaceae family. It is a highly toxic plant, producing oxytoxins and cardiogenic toxins which slow the human heart. Beautiful to look at but don't ingest.
In this beautiful park in Vernon, British Columbia; a small but immaculate Japanese Garden is a soothing spot to visit. Here mature willows, Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, manicured shrubs and topiaried junipers grow accented by a few flowering trees and shrubs, one of which is a forsythia which was in full bloom the beginning of May. Had I not had others in my company, I would gladly have lingered here a lot longer.
Reflecting upon a wonderful weekend with Weekend Reflections
While in Vernon BC for my son's wedding reception, we took a day of leisure and enjoyed an afternoon in a gorgeous park. No further words are necessary. The beauty requires no explanation. Enjoy.
Vernon's spring is easily three weeks ahead of ours. These photos were taken May 10. Even the lilacs were beginning to bloom there while here in Edmonton leaves were barely beginning to break bud. It was hard to leave this beauty behind.
Coming up, the Japanese garden.
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All photos here were taken by myself in the Vernon area of British Columbia
the second weekend of May/14.
forsythia in bloom
in the Japanese garden, Harry Lauder walking stick (front left), a flowering tree (variety unknown)
in the centre of the scene surrounded by topiaried juniper and manicured cedar.
above, flowering almond with tulips and iris
tulips, pasqueflower, grape hyacinth
Irises, blue muscari, pasqueflower
above and below, magnolia in bed with tulips and irises
above and below, flowering almond
Canada goose with three goslings
above and below, horse chestnut in bloom