Tree leaves are nature's food factories

Spring's increasing sunlight and warming temperatures have stirred last summer's tree buds to form fresh green leaves. Within these marvels of nature are green- and other-pigmented chemicals that absorb the violet and blue wave lengths of sunlight. This light energy is mysteriously hidden in chemical bonds that tie together atoms into glucose, the energy-rich sugar formed by plants. Carbon dioxide from the air and water and minerals from the soil are consumed by these leaf factories and oxygen and water are by-products that diffuse into the air. Photosynthesis is the name given to this marvelous use of sunlight and generation of life-giving oxygen.

"These are a few of my favorite things" ( with apologies)

Sing to the tune: "These are few of my favorite things"

Words by : Sharon Fisk
Tune by: Richard Rodgers
Think: Julie Andrews and the Sound of Music

Birch with leafminers and scale on the maple
Brown caterpillars on oak, plum and apple
Hackberry galls that adorn all the trees......

These are a few of my favorite things

When the bug bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things And then I don't feel so bad!!

Cream colored beetles and pale-greenish sawflies
Lacebugs and aphids and crawlers and larvae
Maggots erupt in the beauty of spring.......

These are a few of my favorite things...

Black spot on roses and spruce galls on my trees
Yellow-white stipples and small yellow ovals
Leaves being eaten by worms without wings.....

These are the things that are precious to me.