Dec 03-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: December: Dec 03-09
Frost on the lanterns    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joe Kirkish
Chinese Lanterns    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joe Kirkish
Warmed up and glowing    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joe Kirkish

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 07:44 am:

Joe Kirkish sent in these Chinese Lantern shots. The first two with some white decorating the orange bulb and the last one after the sun had melted the frosty covering away. According to Joe, these are an invasive plant, growing in many U.P. backyards. Joe likes to pick them and give them away, which this time of year, leaves his backyard bare and is always a sign to him that winter is just around the corner. In fact here in the Keweenaw, it's been arriving and melting for a few days now, unless of course you live in Calumet/Laurium where it's sticking to the ground. We all know this won't last long, though and winter will arrive and stay, very soon.

Back to the Chinese Lanterns.... since they don't die, they'll last for years before turning tan, so they make a beautiful winter bouquet, adding some color to your inside décor. Quite the unique plant...I wonder if I can get on Joe's list for next fall's bounty of lanterns? :->

By Joy Brewer (Joy) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 08:10 am:

Great photos, Joe! Thanks for sharing.

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 09:13 am:

Beautiful photos, Joe, thanks. Love Chinese Lanterns.

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 09:42 am:

Absolutely beautiful photos Joe. Thank you to all who make this site possible. I LOVE THE PHOTOS AND THE STORY LINES EACH DAY. Mary, thank you for choosing my photos when you do.

By Diana P. (Diana) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 11:00 am:

Neat photos, Joe! There is an arrangement of Chinese Lanterns on my dining room table right now. I put it out year after year, in the Fall, and add new lanterns as I find them in my garden. They remind me of my dad, who used to gather the Chinese Lanterns from his garden, and take them to his church, so they could be used to decorate.

By Donna (Donna) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 12:14 pm:

Those are so gorgeous!
Onto won!!!


By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 02:37 pm:

Interesting plant.

By Just me (Jaby) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 04:24 pm:

I think today's photos are absolute works of art- soooo beautiful.

By osceola brulla (Sonofbrulla) on Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 05:07 pm:

those are some nice pics my mother has alot of those in her flower beds they spread they are really cool

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Friday, December 4, 2009 - 07:38 pm:

they look a little bit like what we used to callgoose berrys and we would eat them as kids

By Brian Rendel (Brianrendel) on Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 10:56 am:

Aren't these "ground cherries?" I found some near
my house this fall after the first snow. If they are
ground cherries I'm hoping I'll find more because
they are delicious in pies.

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