All Cotton, No Candy August 19, 2011
Lights twinkling in the dusk. Laughter and music coming from every corner, ebbing and flowing as the Merry-Go-Round circles and the Tilt-a-Whirl makes its stomach-tumbling spins and dips. Friends racing from ride to ride, families skipping to the concession stand and couples holding hands, their silhouettes framed in the light.
The carnival. And it's not complete without classic, sugar-rush-inducing foods - so many options it's hard to make a choice. The candy apple - glossy red and sticky sweet. The funnel cake, fried and drizzled with chocolate sauce and powdered sugar. Apple fritters, warm out of the fryer with flavors of tart Granny Smith bursting with cinnamon and sugar.
And then there's cotton candy. Threaded sugar twirled onto a stick in unmistakable pastel shades of Easter egg blue and baby pink. It sticks to your fingers and your nose. And when you take a bite, it's fluffy as air in your mouth and then melts swiftly into a sweet syrup on your tongue.Read More
Centennial Oak Stands For Freedom and Equality August 9, 2011
You often hear us say that every tree tells a story.
Well, it's true. When people come across an impressive, mature tree, they often wonder what kind of stories it might tell if it could talk. What historic tales would it share, detailing the monumental events that have happened in its shade? Would this watchful tree, unmoving and trusted by those nearby, be able to disclose even more specifics than the humans recording historical data?
In fact, some trees have stories so remarkable, you can't help but spread the word, telling its tale to others … almost like you're sitting at a campfire at night, sharing old legends with youngsters.Read More
Diamonds in the Rough July 26, 2011
Recently, I got a chance to indulge in one of my secret pleasures - visiting a botanical garden - while I was traveling to visit Virginia and Washington, D.C.-based Davey professionals.
In this case, it was Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va.
My visit started with a walk through the gateway to the garden - the E. Claiborne Robins Visitors Center. It rises gracefully on a knoll, beckoning you in. The front is accented by naturalized plantings of trees and shrubs. The Georgian-style building celebrates the history and heritage of Virginia.Read More