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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"If it's Tuesday, it must be . . ." tumblr. Week Eight

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 @

Today is November the Fifteenth, meaning we have already come to the midpoint in the month of November for the year 2011. November, a month known to be a months of "no's" for the humorist/poet Thomas Hood — which I discussed at the onset of the month in a blog entry on TLLG titled, "the No in November", which you may read by clicking here — has been a month of "yeses" in terms of the colors in my urban (New York City) garden.

One of these such colors is the striking copper hues that are now on the leaves of my Physocarpus opulifolius AKA Coppertina Tree, which can be seen in the image posted at the top of today's blog entry. 

My Physocarpus opulifolius has been featured in a number of blog entries including one which he authored himself this past Cinco de Mayo (May 5th 2011) that you may refer to by clicking here.

And, as you may recall, dear reader, my Physocarpus opulifolius's (AKA Coppertinaflowers were extraordinary over the spring and summer, as evidenced in entries on Facebook, as well as a number of blog entries, which I made on here on TLLG's blog, including ones which you may refer to by clicking here, as well as her,e and here, and hereGiven that my Physocarpus opulifolius's flowers were so exquisite this past spring, I am thrilled — but not surprised — that its leaves are so awesome in their lushness and their brilliant color.

The shapes and colors of leaves in general have been a longstanding inspiration for me; so much so, that the title of my blog, The Last Leaf Gardener is based on a short story by O.Henry (called The Last Leaf), which I discussed in one of the very first entries on TLLG (and if you'd like, you may refer to it by clicking here).

Leaves have also provided the inspiration for images that I use in my line of greeting cards which go beyond communication, and, in fact, a number of my clients, including the actress Donna Wandrey (a stage actress also known for her work in Dark Shadows), have found them most special to use to send at Thanksgiving time. I have mentioned this fact in a previous entry on TLLG, which you may refer to by clicking here, and, I mention it again today, the mid-point of November, because Thanksgiving 2011, is now only ten days away (including today and Thanksgiving Day itself), and my cards are still available for this special day.


I no longer actively produce event program covers, invitations and the types of greeting cards described here or 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, whose photo is on the cover of each book. Words In Our Beak’s goal is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in my rooftop garden in NYC 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.

Please click here to go to my blog post that provides details as to where you can get these books.

Additionally, I have rendered some images from these books into other formats and they are available via Fine Art America (FAA). Some of my other photographs (Black & White CollectionKaleidoscopic Images and the famous Mandarin duck who visited NYC) can also be found on my FAA pages.

"Never say never," the saying goes, and I suppose that applies to saying, "I no longer....," which I did in my 2018 addendum and now I'm here to announce at the advice of Chris Deatherage, my book series formatter, who is also my web-master (for I now have some versions of the greeting cards that are referenced in this blog post available via FAA, please click here to view them.

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