Friday, May 24, 2019

Fallen Maple Seeds


Everywhere I look, I see so many designs and forms that I could be taking photos all day. The ground under a large maple tree was covered with green seeds that had fallen. I was wondering if the groundskeepers had intentionally sprayed something to make all these seeds fall prematurely or if there was some other cause. Every day there is something new to think about.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

World's Hottest Peppers? Not these


Now that I am on the subject to chile peppers, I thought you all might want to know what makes them hot. Here is a short quote from the LiveScience.com article entitled, "Why Do Chili Peppers Taste Hot?"
The culprit of the burning feeling you get from jalapeno-loaded Mexican food: chemical compounds called capsaicinoids. The odorless, flavorless substances are hidden in the white flesh inside of peppers. And when you pop a pepper into your mouth, the chemical binds to receptors that respond to pain from heat in the mouth and throat.
Some people dislike even "spicy" food, while others, like me, can take up to the hottest levels of pepper, spice and hot peppers. Here is a video on the top ten hot peppers:



You will have to watch the video to see the current hottest pepper. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hot Peppers


When I was young, my father rented out part of our land to a Spanish speaking family. They planted the parcel in chile peppers. I remember that the chile had matured and was ready to harvest. I had never seen or eaten chile before and I was curious about the long green fruit. My father suggested that I pick one and try eating it. Hmm. I do remember that it only took a few seconds for me to realize what a hot pepper or chile really was. It took me years before I experienced my second encounter with hot peppers, this time in the form of tamales at a Mexican food restaurant. I decided I did not like hot peppery food. Later in life, I came to love hot peppers and grew several varieties that I would eat raw on salads. Apparently, hot, spicy food is an acquired taste.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Flowers of Spring


We have had an extraordinary amount of rain this Spring and extra snow on the mountains. Our flowers have benefitted from the increase and are fabulous. We have been planting iris over the past few years because the deer who live in our yard don't eat them. It would be nice to have a sunny day to show off the colors but we have almost constant cloud cover.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Spring Lilacs


With all the rain we have been experiencing here in Utah Valley, the flowers are abundant and gorgeous. We love the beautiful lilacs that are growing around the valley. This is an unusual variety of lilac bush. It is called Josee Reblooming Lilac or Syringa 'Josee'.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Spring Columbine


There are few things in this world that add joy to your heart like a beautiful flower. Welcome to spring along the Wasatch Front.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Our Hummingbird Feeder


We have had bird feeders for a number of years and this is one our favorites. Taking photos of hummingbirds is a challenge. I hope to get better photos over time. I am keeping a list of the hummingbirds and dates. Here is this one.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird male Archilochus colubris