quercus macrocarpa

new leaves in April
Bur oaks primarily grow in a temperate climate on the western oak–hickory forested regions in the United States and into Canada. It commonly grows in the open, away from dense forest canopy. For this reason, it is an important tree on the eastern prairies, often found near waterways in otherwise more forested areas, where there is a break in the canopy. It is drought resistant, possibly because of its long taproot. At the end of the growing season, a one-year sapling may have a taproot 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in) deep and a lateral root spread of 76 cm (2 ft 6 in). The West Virginia state champion bur oak has a trunk diameter of almost 3 m–Wikipedia (10 ft).

If you are only going to plant one tree in this life, make it a quercus macrocarpa.

Valor and Faith

executed by Lloyd Brothers Memorials
Keck portrayed Jackson, riding into battle on Little Sorrel, in bronze, led by the allegorical figures of Faith and Valor carved on the front of the pink granite pedestal. The bronze figures were cast at the Roman Bronze Works, of Brooklyn, New York, and the pedestal was executed by Lloyd Brothers Memorials, of Washington, D. C. When the art work was completed in 1921, it was considered by many to be among the finest equestrian sculptures in the nation.–NRHP Registration Form

hottest month

Tilly chest deep
Tilly runs a mile, she swims, she runs another mile, enjoying the hottest month of the year.
On the other end of the neighborhood the City’s four million dollar regional swimming facility is closed for the season because Parks and Recreation are not able to employ an adequate number of lifeguards. Could the water park be leased to the private sector? Could it be opened and folk allowed to swim at their own risk? What would Leslie Knope do?