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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WILD PIN CHERRY TREES, FLOWERING CRABAPPLES, AND EMERSON ON CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

WILD PIN CHERRY

APPLE ORCHARD IN BLOOM

FLOWERING CRABAPPLES BORDERING APPLE ORCHARD
Wednesday,  56 degrees F, wind NE, calm to very light.  The sky is mostly clear with sone haze around the edges.  The barometer is steady at 29.87in.  The humidity is 83%.  The wet weather is producing a bumper crop of mosquitos.
   I recently posted a photo of a wild choke cherry tree in bloom.  Pictured today is another wild cherry species, the pin cherry, Prunus pensylvanica.  The choke cherry has flowers and fruit in umbels, i.e.,  a clump of flower stalks all arising from one point. The pin cherry bears flowers and fruits in racemes, i.e., an infloresence with stalked flowers borne on a common axis.  That makes the trees in bloom appear quite different from each other, even though the individual, small flowers and fruits are quite similar.
   The orchards are all in full bloom now, as are the flowering crabapples which are often planted as borders to facilitate pollination.  The sight of all these colorful trees in bloom can be quite amazing.
   As regards my comments yesterday on Thoreau and civil disobedience, I have been listening to political commentators rather closely and the only person I have heard mention the topic is Senator Rand Paul, and he did not mention Thoreau by name.  As for me I will read his treatise again and reserve judgement in the matter until more facts are out, but I view the entire matter with grave concern.
  Just as germain to the topic of civil disobedience are Ralph Waldo Emerson's views, including the following:
   "An immoral law makes it a man's duty to break it, at every hazard.  For virtue is the very self of every man.  It is therefore a principle of law that an immoral contract is void, and that an immoral statute is void.  For, as laws do not make right, and are simply declaratory of a right which already existed, it is not to be presumed that they can so stultify themselves as to command justice."

2 comments:

  1. Plant spa always includes the ferns and usually the Norfolk Pine because of all my plants they need humidity most. flowering trees

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