Random Five Friday

Five little random thoughts today:

1.) My neighbor gave me a “shoot” off her plumeria tree a couple of weeks ago. She said I really didn’t need to root it, to just plant in some soil.  I did….and I babied it. And almost all the leaves fell off. And I thought it was doomed. And then, yesterday, I noticed a bloom and what appear to be several buds. Until I researched plumeria for this post, I didn’t realize that these are the trees where flowers for Hawaiian leis are found.

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2.) Last weekend, on my antiquing trip with my friend, I found two treasures: a small anchor and this blue spatterware pot, perfect for yellow zinnias.

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3.) Motor Man and I continue to be amazed (okay, me more than him) at “our” hummingbirds. I know at least two have found our feeder, and I managed to get this picture of one of them yesterday. From information I found online, I think this may be a juvenile male ruby-throated hummie.

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4.) Recently, I’ve been awake and out of bed just before sunrise. This was yesterday’s; I’m so glad I didn’t sleep through this one. Maybe one day, I’ll make a video, so you can hear the quiet of the morning, the birds and the sound of  work boat engines in the distance.

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5.) Thank you all so much for your support for the Corolla Wild Horse issue I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  In that post, I wrote that I wasn’t sure why legislature was involved in bringing in more ponies to breed with the Corolla horses. It’s a lengthy explanation I received from the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the organization who cares for the horse, but I’m sharing it in its entirety here:

USFWS, (United States Fish andWildlife Service) who owns 1/3 of the land accessible to the wild horses (the rest of the land is privately owned by individuals and LLCs), defines them as a non-native, feral, invasive species and a pest animal. When the horses were moved to their current location in 1997, a management plan was put in place that called for a herd size of 60. This number was not selected based on science but merely a number upon which all parties could finally agree.Although I provided USFWS with peer reviewed science in 2007 that places the herd size at 120 – 130 as the genetic minimum, they continue to insist that the number be 60. We are down to one maternal line. Managing this herd at 60 would be managing for extinction. The Shackleford Banks wild horses experienced the same issue in the late 90s prompting the 1998 Shackleford Banks Act. This law mandates that the herd size be 120 – 130 with never less than 110. That is what I am asking for as well. The Shackleford herd has three maternal lines. In addition to mandating a herd size of 120 – 130 with never less than 110, the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act allows for introductions of Shackleford horses into the Corolla herd in order to increase genetic diversity. Without legislation, USFWS could decide at any time to deal with the wild horses the same way in which they deal with other invasive species – eradication. It is important to also note that during our last annual aerial count only 11 horses were on any USFWS property (3,000 acres).”

So you see just how important it is that something be done to help these horses. Sad to think  that their fate seems to be caught up  in… politics. I’ll keep you posted.

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~These Days Of Mine~

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16 responses to “Random Five Friday

  1. That plumeria is gorgeous…..good for you getting it rooted and flowering. We hope the effort to help the Corolla wild horses works….politics shouldn’t be an issue in something like this and it’s sad that it is.

    Pam

  2. Your plumeria obviously likes where it is. I never knew that. What a treat!
    Hope we can get the politics out of the wild horse problem.

  3. The plumeria looks like it’s gonna make it! I bet it smells lovely. You must have been patient to catch that hummer. I usually see ours when I’m sitting on the porch swing without my camera. As for the horses, I agree it is absolutely maddening how politics has worked its way into everything!

  4. A video would be very cool Dianna! We were out of town a couple of days so I need to read up about the wild horses.

  5. Olde Towne Photos

    Thank you again for you inspiring post (s) and beautiful photos. Have a super weekend. Clyde
    Ps. I need to come out and get some fresh fodder for my Nikon. Subjects are getting scarce. Always adding to my Flickr (dot com) Photostream (Olde Towne Photos)

  6. Kudos to you for your efforts on behalf of the Corolla wild horses. I’m with you all the way. The plumeria is beautiful by the way. Everything seems to thrive under your care.

  7. Well, I learned something about the lei today! – the plumeria does look happy where you have it …
    nice anchor !

  8. The little pot and the anchor are great finds. Perfect for your house.

  9. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    The plumeria is beautiful, so glad it lived! Your treasures are so cute. I agree with you and the others that government should not be involved with these horses. What a treat for you to see these humming birds, they are so cute! Have a good weekend!

  10. I love plumeria, but never knew all the info or that we could grow them here. Maybe I’ll have to try it. Yours is neat. Thanks for sharing your research with us. The horses do need a fighting chance.

  11. Your plumeria tree is doing great. You have a green thumb and didn’t even realize it.
    That’s so sad about the horses. I hope they can resolve the issues soon before it’s to late and before someone makes a heartless decision.

  12. The hummies will continue to amaze you, Dianne. They are unbelievable little creatures. We discovered years ago that the same hummies will return to your feeder when they return from their migration. It’s as though they have a tiny built in GPS. We love them!
    Have a great weekend!

  13. Hi Dianna. I’m so glad your plumeria tree is growing. They’re such a beautiful tree. Once they get going (in Hawaii or the tropics at least) they can become huge, and they’re usually very healthy. For many years we lived in the Philippines, where they’re called Kalachuchi. I remember watching the gardener sweep up blossoms each morning (hundreds of them) at my daughter’s nursery school. As you may have guessed, I love plumeria. Here’s a link to a recent post where a have a couple of photos of them from a trip to Maui. http://nickichenwrites.com/travel/taking-root-on-maui/

    I also love horses–but not to ride. They used to be one of my favorite subjects for Chinese brush painting. I apologize for leaving another link, but I would like to show you a couple of my horse paintings. Here they are: http://nickichenwrites.com/china/riding-a-wood-horse-into-2014/

  14. I’ll bet those plumeria blossoms smell like heaven! 🙂 MJ

  15. Beautiful pictures and to be able to capture the hummingbird is impressive! They don’t stand still for very long, even when feeding!

  16. You must have smiled broadly to find the plumeria flower and buds. That was a great sunrise, I’m glad you were up so you could share it with us. Love that blue pot! Hope it all works out well for the horses.

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