Monday, August 30, 2021

Clear, Hazy, and Crazy

We actually had a clear-sky day here last week. So we went for a nice long walk. It's the walk we most often take these days. 

It's starting to feel and look like fall here.  No leaves changing colors yet, but the flowers are looking like they're at the end of their blooming time, and the fields are ready for a nice rain. We so loved being out in the sunshine and seeing the blue blue sky.
Then the hazy skies of summer returned. We are still surrounded by fires. None are close enough to truly make us nervous, but the smoke finds its way here. Before we head out for a walk we always check with the air quality report for our neck of the woods. On this day, in this moment, this was designated Moderate Air. Not good, but Not Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Well okay, that's why we felt safe and ventured out to get a bit of exercise. We didn't cross paths with another human on this walk. That was a nice surprise. 

Later in the day I looked out the window and saw this in our garden.

It made me laugh, so I just had to photograph it and share it here. It's a crazy alien kale eating a kale leaf. It's trying to take over and rule the kale universe. We're going to let it. It's time for crazy alien kale to finally win. 

 

28 comments:

  1. It's good that you can get out when the smoke allows. It's all looking rather drab here at the moment - tired looking foliage and winds coming down off the North Sea dragging along a blanket of thick, grey cloud. I don't think I've ever laughed at kale before and didn't realise it had such a sense of humour.

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    1. John-- It's interesting that the skies are gray there too. I hope it clears up soon. I'm so glad you had a laugh about the kale. Me too!

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  2. Looks like such a beautiful place for a walk, and that crazy alien kale is a riot!

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    1. presstfortime-- It is a beautiful place for a walk, here on the far north coast of California. So glad you liked the alien kale. It's pretty funny. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  3. Glad you are getting days where it is safe to go out. We don't have reports for rural areas like mine but I have a friend who is super sensitive. If she goes out and coughs, she lets me know to stay inside.
    So you have alien kale? Wonder if you eat it if you will get super powers?:)

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    1. Patti-- We rely so much on the air quality reports here in the summer and fall, during fire season. I'm glad you have someone who keeps you posted. Wow, I hadn't thought about eating the Alien Kale. Good idea!

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  4. So happy you are able to get out walking about. Blue skies are to be celebrated. Who would have thunk it 100 years ago. Kale of any kind is alien to me.

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    1. Barbara-- Good question, Who would have thunk it 100 years ago? We are living in such interesting times. The times of pandemic, smoke, fires, and alien kale!

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  5. The alien kale is fun! Your explanation fits the photo perfectly! Glad you got a nice walk in the sunshine!

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    1. EllenD-- It was the first thing I thought when I looked out the window. Quite a funny sight. Glad we got out and walked yesterday. Foggy gray and bleak here today.

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  6. Yum! Kale is tasty medicine (-:

    As always thank you so much for your photos. It is truly like being there again.

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    1. am-- We have kale everyday. It's one of our favorite veggies. Yum! Glad you liked the photos of our beautiful north coast.

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  7. I hate that you have to worry about the air you breathe.

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    1. Colette-- It's one of the worst aspects of summer here. Fire and smoke.

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  8. That's a dragon! A kale-eating dragon! The worst kind.

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    1. Catalyst-- Yes! That's it. We were wondering what kind of dragon it was. Very scary!!

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  9. we don't like kale, we say. we don't eat it. but to be honest, I don't think we've ever eaten any.

    it's definitely late summer here, everything id looking tired and old but fall is still at least 6 weeks away. September is usually nearly as hot as August. I'm glad y'all were able to get out and enjoy nature a bit.

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    1. ellen-- We love kale. We try to figure out how to put a bunch in for every dinner. We first fell in love with it when we found a recipe for a raw kale salad that taught us how to chiffonade it. Now we chiffonade every night and add it to various stir-fries.
      We read recently that we're in for a LaNina winter. That means lots and lots of rain. We're getting out now when we can. September is usually our nicest month.

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  10. I see so many different things in that kale picture, it's a regular rorschach test, so i will refrain from sharing some of what I see, lol.

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    1. 37paddington-- I would LOVE to know what you see. I posted the photo on Facebook and had some very funny comments!

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  11. That crazy alien kale is funny but also kind of creepy! We're getting that same late-summer look here, too -- the flowers are tired and past their peak.

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    1. Steve-- The kale made me laugh, and these days I really need to laugh about something. Yes, late summer here. It's hard to believe that in just three weeks we're going to be at autumn equinox.

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  12. I agree - time to let kale take over the world. Despite how bad that might be for a lot of humans, we need Nature to sort things out.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Yes! Kale needs to take over the world. Let nature finally sort things out.

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  13. I fully support the kale in its gentle vegetable empire ambitions!

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    1. John-- I will let the kale know. They'll be so happy!

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  14. That was a clever kale gobbling shot, Robin, and made me laugh as well. It's good that you have been able to get out for a walk when possible as the reports I read online about the fires is devastating.

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    1. Beatrice-- I'm so glad you liked that gobbling alien kale. It really was a funny moment. That leaf has since crumbled a bit into the garden bed. The air was good today, so that made us very happy!

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