Friday, June 12, 2009

Jerusalem Artichokes and Juvenile Birds

Which have nothing in common, except they are both in my back yard:

Jerusalem artichokes are not artichokes, but a tuber with a sunflower top (not in bloom yet). These native North American plants are delicious, and may be eaten by diabetics as a potato substitute.

Juvenile robin in the mulberry tree. This is turning out to be a disastrous year for mulberries. The rain and wind are stripping the tree of fruit before it has a chance to ripen.

This juvenile dove does not seem to mind, as it pecks around for bits of fruit. It was so tame I had to scare it away before the dogs came out to see what was going on in the yard.

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