Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"If it's Tuesday, it must be . . ." tumblr. Week Twelve "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11

It's Tuesday, so it must be tumblr but before I  lead you there, here's a little (as usual) digression: The images posted above are of my still-flowering-in-December Tropaelum majus (Nasturtium) and White Swan Echinacea both of which I grow in my urban (NYC) terrace garden

Additionally, my Helichrysum bracteatum (Strawflowers) and the roses, from all three of the shrubs that I have of them, are still thriving. This is quite unusual for this time of year in New York City, as by now we have usually had some snow.

"Perhaps the Halloween snowstorm that we (who live in the eastern part of the United States) have experienced this past fall is our snowfall for the year," some New Yorkers have said. And those who are making that "observation" are not "dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card they write," but,  rather, they are hoping for no snow, a common "wish" for New Yorkers who don't want to contend with walking their dogs or shoveling out a car that they have parked on the street. 

We have so many rules in New York City these days (most brought on by our mayor, Michael Bloomberg), regarding trans-fats, smoking, bike lanes, the drinking of soda, etceteras that I am wondering when the city will pass a law that it will only allow snow to fall on alternate sides of the street and in our city parks. For it's "the inconvenience of snow," which has many New Yorkers dreading the probability that, because we are in the middle of December, snow will fall. Last year's snowstorm, December 26th 2010, took folks by a storm and it reeked unexpected havoc on the city (for related blog posts, please click here and here).

I am not waiting with bated breath for snow to fall either, although I do find snow inspiring. As you may recall, I have used images of it in a number of the greeting cards which I have created, including the following:


Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11




Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11

Regarding snowfall itself, as a child I certainly hoped for snow, not just to build snowmen and go sledding, but I hoped for snow, because I hoped for snow-days; much like Mutts is doing in the comic strip posted below:




[As you know if you follow my blog, I like to include this delightful animation whenever I get a chance, and if you would like to refer to past posts which include Mutts, you may refer to them by clicking here, as well as here, and here and here, and here.]

However, as an urban gardener, I have mixed feelings when it comes to snow. Some snowfall is good for my herbs, vines, flowers, grasses, plants, shrubs and trees, which I thoroughly winterize every year, but there is always a danger that it may break some of the branches of my beloved Japanese Larch (Larix Kaempferi).

Alas, weather is something beyond anyone's control, and I am ever mindful that "Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." This profound quote is  attributed to Lao Tzu, and even Mutts will have to "contend' with nature's seemingly unhurried pace (as seen below):




And with this, I am mindful of my promise: "If it's Tuesday, it must be . . . tumblr," so, here's the link to take you there for an array of content.


ADDENDUM: I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described on my website but arrangements might be able to be made under certain circumstances.

My focus is on the Words In Our Beak book series (pictured below)whose stories are told from the point of view of Cam, a female cardinal.  

As of May 22 2018, I have rendered some images from these books into greeting cards and they are available on Fine Art America, please click here for more info.

Re my book seriesWords In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop urban garden in New York City. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. The books include hundreds of images of flora and fauna, links to movies, as well as to informative narratives that have been created by the author.

At this moment, May 2018, both volumes one and two are in hardcover format (as seen below) and are available wherever  books are sold.


*Here's the  purchase info for the Words In Our Beak book series:

Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529:
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2AFZDCz
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2AAnB26
book culture On Columbus: http://bit.ly/2FsC1Uf

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2q75g8e
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2G65m6H

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