A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Word of the Day: Panicle

A panicle is a branched cluster of flowers. The blooms of the lilac, spiraea, hydrangea, and crape myrtle are panicles...also many grasses, including wheat and rice. Panicles often make the branch or stem top-heavy and cause it to droop.
This photograph shows panicles of the viburnum plant, common in my New England neighborhood. It blooms in early May.


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