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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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February 07, 2013


Oh, Beth, these are glorious. I'm feeling color-starved, too; I could spend all evening just gazing at this green!

I've known these as "Lombardy" poplars for years, but it seems that there are a number of sub-species and clones of black poplar have this look. A very pretty picture.

Mike, the botanical garden here has a whole section of poplars. I don't remember many of them growing in central New York at all. In the park near our apartment, there are huge poplars - not thin like these, but really massive trees, way bigger than I can put my arms around. I should look them up and learn who's who. Thanks, glad you like the picture. (Too pretty, perhaps; I like how the scene becomes more abstract, and te essential structure more apparent, as you zoom in.)

One really gets a good feel for that downhill drop to the right. We cyclists live for sights like this.

The days are getting longer, dear. The light is turning even though it feels so much like winter still. Beautiful colour in those paintings.

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