Went to the park this morning and sat by a giant buddlea
. There were
lots of beautiful red admiral
s feeding off the nectar in its purple
s. There were also a couple of other sorts of butterfly
cabbage whites, and one with orange and black markings that I couldn't identify.
For some reason they kept alighting on my newspaper so I got a good
look at them. They have a very long proboscis that curls up at the end,
used for extracting the nectar.
After that we played the identify the tree game, as usual not too sucessfully.
After studying the tree book at length we did
finally figure out that we were looking
at a white bean. Later, I saw a really beautiful shrub that had blue berries
(although some were still unripe and green), little spiky leaves,
and delicate yellow flowers.
The berries somehow looked artificial, like decorations.
In the paper today I noticed that the statistician John Tukey had died.
Apparently he invented the terms bit and software.
I went on a huge noding spree today. I noded plane algebraic curve
and am slowly working my way through all the examples I gave there.
Phew! Anyhow, this has taken me to the next level and so tomorrow
someone will feel my awesome chinging power!