May 01-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: May: May 01-06
May flowers    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Charlie Hopper
Early rhubarb    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Peg Hardt
Field flowers    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Peg Hardt
Hyacinth    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Ashley Byykkonen

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 07:56 am:

In today's first shot, Edie and Buddy pose by the daffodils in Jonathan and Katriina's backyard in Eagle River. The couple will soon be returning to the Keweenaw for a while, as Katriina's med schooling calls for some experience in the field. Speaking of 'in the field', that's where Peg Hardt spotted this "first of the season" rhubarb (second photo), while taking a walk. Now doesn't that sound delicious right about now? A big slice of rhubarb pie... yummy! Wonder how long it will be before this patch is ready for baking? Peg also supplies us with a view of the colorful route she trod, over the leaf covered ground. You can almost hear the leaves crunching under her feet. Then to add a real burst of color to your day, Ashley Byykkonen shares a photo of a deep pink hyacinth in a picture so vivid, you catch yourself leaning in closer to the screen to catch a whiff. A flowery collection to start the month of May!

By Debra J McCumber (Debrajean) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:15 am:

Good morning everyone! Beautiful pictures this morning!! : )

By Randall Ollila (Rwolli) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:21 am:

Morning All.
A very fine set of pics this AM. Bridge cam shows rain in the UP today, good for all those spring flowers. Enjoy the day everyone. (happy May Day)

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:29 am:

Morning! Nice pictures again! It's been raining here for 4 days now. Our grandchildren's wagon is full to the brim and overflowing, that's how much rain we've gotten. Rain, rain, go away!

By JanieT (Bobbysgirl) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:29 am:

rhubarb is considered an "uncommon vegetable".

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:32 am:

If April showers bring May flowers, do December snows bring January woes??

By John Preisler (Jpreisler) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:33 am:

dont forget the lupine! there's TONS of lupine growing wild on the
keweenaw peninsula.

in 2004 i hit the u.p. for the first time in late spring. blackflies
aside, it was amazing because i'd never seen wildflowers like that
up there before. im usually up that way in the fall or late summer
when the spring bulbs are long since done flowering.

when do the morell mushrooms start to show?

By tom ghering (Tomgheringtcmi) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:42 am:

Mushrooms came two weeks early here in the Traverse City area, we found a good mess the day after Easter.... is a good site to check.

By JOHN AND ANNE KENTUCKY (Username) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:47 am:

Rhubarb is a vegetable.Fruit is the mature ovary of a seed bearing plant.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 08:56 am:

I like 'em all anyway, no matter what they are.

By David S. (Yooperdfs) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 11:01 am:

Yupper, rhubarb pie is my favorite, just don't add to much sugar. I like it just tart enough to contrast the ice cream and whipped cream. As I daydream..........

By Musicteacher (Musicteacher) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 12:08 pm:

My dictionary states that a fruit is a plant from which you
eat the seed pod. (Apples, Oranges, Peas, Grain)

A vegetable is any plant that has a part that can be
eaten. All fruits are, therefore, vegetables. Not all
vegetables are fruits. Not all plants are vegetables...
we have never eaten a tree!

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 12:08 pm:

I made the mistake of pointing out rhubarb to my niece Brianna in my Mom's backyard: "Grandma will make a pie of those." When Grandma did, Brianna didn't want any.

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 02:10 pm:

When I food shop in Big Chain Food stores,or a Mom & Pop's,I sniff out Rubarb pies.What I find most is Strawberry & Rubarb mixed.Maybe over in the Foothilis in Townsend,TN.I can find one next to a Sweet Potato Pie.How much is to much to buy a pie,when your already sold on the idea? Sort of like purchesing any major item.I bid $8:00 on a 12 inch luxury foil tin toss out pie pan and with Rubarb pie in it.And I will sell David S., since he likes it as I do, one piece for $1:50 without me even seeing it leave.51 percent is staying with me.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 02:27 pm:

Musicteacher (Musicteacher):
"...we have never eaten a tree!"

I'll just betcha have (is this close enough?):
Cinnamon: spice from the dried aromatic bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree; used as rolled strips or ground.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 03:22 pm:

It's very hard to find straight rubarb pie anymore. Most places mix strawberry and rubarb together, which ruins the taste of the pie, in my opinion. I'm not sure, but I have heard that rubarb is rare, and just isn't grown that much commercially anymore. When I was young, my grandmother had a neighbor that had the stuff growing around his house like a weed. so my grandmother use to "steal" it from there and make the best rubarb pies ever. She used to mix rubarb and thimbleberries together in pies as well; those were yummie!!!

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 04:42 pm:

I love rubarb! I also prefer rubarb pie without mixing it with strawberries....tart,but oh so good.I just bought some rubarb and I think I will go into the kitchen and use it all up....maybe a nice sauce tonight.

By Russell E. Emmons (Russemmons) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 04:42 pm:

Yes at one time Rhubarb seemed to grow everywhere wild, both when I lived in Dollar Bay and Pewabic as a boy and down here in SE MI troll-land. Where has it gone? I'm sure just because the leaves are poisonous hasn't scared everyone from it now?
As I recall, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the New Baltimore, Algonac area down here where I'm at was in the 20s & 30s known as the "Rhubarb Capitol of the Midwest"??

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 07:52 pm:

Rhubarb is not scarce around here. Can't give it away. When we first moved to the country, we transplanted a big plot. He dug a good-sized hole, put in a good amount of hog manure. Covered it with more dirt then put in a piece of plant. It's about a 10' by 10' plot and been there for about 37 years. Come on over and help yourselves.I make a real good rhubarb jam with and without strawberries.

By Suzy Lofquist (Suzymn41) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 11:08 pm:

I have a fond childhood memory of having rhubarb sauce in the kitchen with my Dad late at night. Last week I had a good combination pie of rhubarb and blueberries-great together!

By Ken ja Mimi from da UP (Kenjamimi) on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 11:51 pm:

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

Ans. Pilgrims! :o) Sorry.

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