A Bank Robber out of Bullet$ - Sign 53

Friday, September 29, 2023
We talked about "Don’t Give Money to People in the Roadway" at previous sign:
Don’t Give Money to People in the Roadway - Sign 50 | Tanza Erlambang Update

Fig 01- A man with a sign

Currently, in the corner of street, we saw a man, a beggar or might be homeless with a sign: "Bank Robber out of Bullet$." 

We think this is a quite unusual sign, and we didn't know whether this sign is serious, just for fun, threat or what. However, we observed that very few people gave some money to the man.

Actually, we may find other "surprise or familiar" signs used by beggars such as: "seeking human kindness, justice for vet., please help! God bless!, hungry and homeless need food, money and work," and many other signs.  

Fig 02- A sign, help prevent suicide.

The real beggars "use signs to explain their situation and ask for help," but who knows which is real or fake one.

Fig 03- A painting, local artist, illustration

Have you ever seen odd signs?

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The Crape Myrtle Growing from Seeds - Gardening and Hobby 43

Tuesday, September 26, 2023
We may collect Crape myrtle seeds when the seed pods have turned from green to brown, and this happen in the Fall season.

Fig 01- Flowers of Crape Myrtle blooming.

The seeds are stored in the cool and dry places, then be used (planted) in the Spring season. 

In our case, this seedling was germinated in the baggy. and then put it in the "specific" pot after it sprouted.

After about six months in the pot, the Crape Myrtle plants have reached about 17 inches (43 cm) tall.

It’s already got flowerheads on every single seed sprout the yellow centers turn to seed pods and we have many of those on there as well.

Fig 02- Beautiful flowers of Crape Myrtle.

This plant comes from Asia, and very popular in the warm climate like our areas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The flowers have variety of colors such as white, red, pink and purple.

Fig 03- The big myrtle in the garden.

Do you familiar with Crape Myrtle flowers?

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The American Bittern in the Backyard - Critter 53

Friday, September 22, 2023
This bird has been in our backyard all afternoon and this evening. Stares up at sky and only moves if we get too close.

Fig 01- The bird stare up at the sky

The American Bittern usually live in the swampy areas around water. Hence, we are lucky enough to see this bird as our visitor.

The bird has scientific name, Botaurus lentiginosus, is a species of wading bird in the heron family.

It has a Nearctic distribution, where breeding ground in Canada, the northern and central parts of the United States.

Then, wintering in the U.S. Gulf Coast states, all of Florida into the Everglades, the Caribbean islands and parts of Central America.

Fig 02 - The bird sitting on the line.

The American bittern is a carnivorous bird, consume a variety of small aquatic animals such as fish, amphibians and crustaceans.

Fig 03- The American Bittern on the line, closer

Have you ever seen the American Bittern in the nature?

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The Fig Season in the City - Food Variety 35

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
We have the variety of figs that can produce two terms in the year.  Like other typical figs, the harvesting seasons from June to early September.  

Fig 01- The fig fruit in the box

However, several varieties have second season in the Fall. The Brown Turkey fig is an example of the variety with two crops per year, Summer and Fall. This variety is well known for its sweetness.

3 favorites fig varieties in our area, Baton Rouge are O'Rourke, Champagne, Tiger and LSU Gold. 

We love O'Rourke variety; it is because the fruit is sweet flavor. The figs have a brown (beonze) skin with medium sized. The variety season is around Summer to early Fall.

Fig 02- The fig fruit on the hand.

The O'Rourke figs, we think are delicious fresh, dried, or cooked. Sure, we love fresh the most.

Fig 03- The fresh fig fruit, just picked them.

Have you tasted the fig? What do you think?

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Roaming Guinea Fowls in Neighborhood - Part 1 - Critter 52

Thursday, September 14, 2023
We saw a couple of guinea fowl crossed the busy traffic road in front of nearby
library sometimes a week ago.

Fig - A couple of guinea fowl in neighborhood

Recently, they are roaming our neighborhood. In fact, the guinea fowls love to travel around.

The birds may walk about a quarter mile (402 meters), and then return to their home base.

Guinea fowl was native to Africa, and relate to other birds such as:
- pheasants
- turkeys
- partridges

The Butterfly Garden in the City - Sign 52

Friday, September 8, 2023
Butterfly garden is one of the sections within our city garden. We saw some plants that could attract butterfly in this section.

Fig 01- The sign of butterfly garden

The plants include milkweed, zinnia, lantana, verbena, aster and hibiscus. Milkweed is important for Monarch butterfly.

Interestingly, the milkweed is the only plant that can be eaten by monarch caterpillars in nature. 

The plant contains toxic that make caterpillars to be poisonous to predators (birds, spiders, wasps and lizards). 

Milkweed plants produce high energy nectar, good for adult butterfly. In addition to high sugar, the milkweed nectar also contains high potassium.

Fig 02- One of the butterflies in the garden.

Unfortunately, the milkweed populations are declining in recently, hence, to be one of the main menaces to monarch butterflies. Declining of population is due to herbicide use and habitat loss.

Fig 03- Part of the city garden

How many are butterfly garden in your city?

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The Tamale is a Typical Mexican Dish – Part 2 – Food Variety 34

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
You may read previous (Part 1) post:

Fig 01- The Beef Tamale, sold in Walmart

The Tamale is a delicious dish with tastes of sweety, salty or spicy, made of “a corn based dog” with mixture of various stuffs such as: various meats (chicken), beans, dried fruits, olive, cheese, vegetables (carrots and peppers).

When eating Tamale, we remove the wrap first, either we throw it or used it as a plate. We may eat with:
- guacamole
- rice
- pico de gallo

As you might know that Guacamole is a kind of dip. made by mashing of avocados with other ingredients include chili peppers, lime juice, salt, tomatoes, onions and cilantro.

Have you tried a Tamale? Or which one Mexican food does you like?

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