Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kansas Castles and confession of a plant hoarder

This morning I think I experienced a bit of Heaven here on Earth when I peered out of my office window and saw this awesome site! Not only was that erection crane standing taller than any other structure in this city, but the rising sun was peeking through the Capital dome and a building down the street. Don't ask me why this touches me so deeply, but it does. I think that so often we tend to overlook the natural beauty of our downtown structures. To think that it went from this
Kansas State Capitol, c. 1880 and this Kansas State Capitol, 1889

to this today.

While on my morning walk and snapping pictures of the tower crane being assembled I notice that this guy on top of the capital dome was shooting his arrow straight at....

Yup, you guessed it! From this angle it looks like he's shooting it straight at the top of that crane!

So now on with the rest of my story about being a plant hoarder. Have you ever had one of those pothos or philodendrums that gets so long that you just keep winding it around and around and around itself until you finally look closely and discover a really, really long length of stem without any leaves on it? Well that's what happened to me yesterday when I got tired of picking off dead leaves and decided to take this plant outside for a pruning. Take a look at how LONG the two main stems were. One was at least 20 feet long!

If you zoom in on the pic below you'll get a better idea of the magnitude of that stem!
So what's a girl to do with all that? Cut it up and put it in a vase of water to make MORE plants!!! Just can't make myself throw any living thing away. Anyone else have this problem?


Emily and Matt said...

What a beautiful picture of the capital building & sunrise! You're right in saying that we DO overlook the beauty of our downtown (capital in particular). It really is a fantastic place! I'll have to get down there soon to sneak a peek at that crane. It looks HUGE!


P.S. I think your plant problem is a good one to have! :o)

Kimberly said...

I don't have that plant problem :-) Mostly because I am so bad at taking care of them myself! lol Pretty pictures!!! I am following through blog frog now! Nice to meet you! ~Kimberly