|Eastern redbud, Cercis canadensis|
In forestry school I learned that the redbud I was so fond of was properly called the Eastern Redbud, Cercis canadensis...and I figured it was called Eastern because of East Texas, but I couldn't figure out what Canada had to do with it.
|Pink dogwood, Cornus florida var.|
Blooming dogwoods go right along with the redbuds. Dr. Mike Fountain burned Cornus florida into my brain, along with about a hundred other scientific names that still roll off my tongue easier than the names of my kids. I'm guessing that the dogwood tree is special to more people than any other single species of tree.
This weekend was our Penn State Blue/White weekend, which feeds our football withdrawal symptoms until oh, I dunno, the NFL draft, I suppose. For me, it was a good excuse to fire up the grill and avoid yardwork under the guise of "watching the meat." Can't be out there pulling weeds when a brisket is on the grill, can you? Don't taste as good unless an authorized meat watcher keeps things under control.
This year is special, since my friend Sandy Smith, who did such a great job in the charcoal re-enactment that I videod and posted last summer, brought me over a big bag full of the charcoal that they made in that demonstration. It's the real stuff, man, and it burns like charcoal is supposed to.
So, since I had a little free time watching the meat, I shot another short video of a critical fire and meat check, and panned around to give you a little glimpse of spring time in State College. A little barren compared to Tyler this time of year, and pretty green compared to Fairbanks, I'm guessing.
In case you're wondering, Penn State won :-)