A puzzle for you

Posted on April 13, 2012

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Across the road there is a jumbled pile of branches from what was, if memory serves, a very tall shrub before the big blizzard. The branches have silvery catkins on them that resemble pussy willows but grow in dense clusters.

The pussy willows I know grow singly along slim, whippy branches, like this.

The branches from the Mystery Shrub are thick and bumpy and woody. They remind me of magnolia twigs. For the botanists among you, here are some clues to size, shape and configuration that might help. If you have any ideas I’d like to hear them. Maybe it was a really old, and very large, pussy willow? Or a mutant pussy willow that had survived for a century.

As a reward for those of you who have no interest in botanical oddities, but have stuck it out this far anyway in hopes that it will get better, here is a photo for your cloud collection. We have had some excellent clouds lately.

No cloud collection??? Hmm. How about horses? I liked this one so well that I thought about changing designs so I could have a banner again.

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