By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, I have already levied demands on your patience twice this week, and I must do so again today. I have undertaken a massive assault on CDC’s HICPAC, and I ran about two hours late, owing to a complicated cascade of domestic disasters (no permanent harm done). So, I must ask you to talk amongst yourselves again! –lambert P.S. I have included the bird song, since people really do seem to like them, and a plant. P.P.S. But do give the HICPAC post a read.
Bird Song of the Day
Bobolink, Kellys Slough NWR, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States. This one has some background noise, as the person fiddles with his recording device, but it sounds very summery, and the extra noise adds authenticity, like scars in fine leather.
Contact information for plants: Readers, feel free to contact me at lambert [UNDERSCORE] strether [DOT] corrente [AT] yahoo [DOT] com, to (a) find out how to send me a check if you are allergic to PayPal and (b) to find out how to send me images of plants. Vegetables are fine! Fungi and coral are deemed to be honorary plants! If you want your handle to appear as a credit, please place it at the start of your mail in parentheses: (thus). Otherwise, I will anonymize by using your initials. See the previous Water Cooler (with plant) here. From TF:
TF writes: “Ponderosa pine (I think) @ Bryce Canyon National Park. How does it survive with its roots exposed like that?” Wow! I think I was muttering something about “depth of field” in the recent past.
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