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I''ll never be a cotton farmer!

I'd seen cotton plants when they were ready to harvest, but had never seen what the flower looks like. So I ordered some seeds from Amazon (you can get nearly ANYTHING from Amazon!) Unfortunately I planted them rather late, but was pleased when I finally had blooms:
Waiting for the blossom to open...

Finally - a beautiful creamy white flower.!
The flower begins to change from creamy to pink in a day or so...

And darkens still further before losing all its petals within a few days of opening.
Unfortunately, I had planted them late in the season, and when the temps dropped, I realized that the only way I'd see the cotton bolls burst forth is by bringing my two plants inside.

Weeks went by and I had nearly given up when ------>

So I've learned that although I'm not likely to become a cotton farmer, I still enjoyed watching the process. I have a few seeds left and think I'll plant them earlier in the season next year!

A word-ful "wordless" Wednesday on Tuesday: Images from the Chinese Lantern Festival

 The Chinese Lantern Festival has been celebrated for nearly 2000 years and occurs on the final day of the New Year celebration.

The legend behind the festival is interesting. Some villagers killed a beautiful crane which flew down from heaven, angering the Jade Emperor. In response, he planned to destroy the village by fire. His daughter warned the villagers, who hung red lanterns around their homes, set bonfires in the streets, and exploded firecrackers. This gave the appearance of a village ablaze when viewed from heaven. The Jade Emperor, satisfied, decided not to burn down the village.

The lanterns you see here are created by hand on silk fabric which is stretched over steel frames and lit with hundreds of LED lights.


The dragon was 200 feet long, 21 feet high, and weighed in at 18,000 pounds.

The dragon squirted streams of water rather than flame.

Look at the detail on the fish!