Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Puns and Pigeons, October 28, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wednesday Waters, and Wildflower Wednesday

ABC Wednesday
P is for a Pun - a form of wordplay that suggests two or more meanings by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words (definition by Wikipedia).
Arab, Alabama, USA, September 11, 2015

The Arab, Alabama, sports team, The Arabian Knights, is a pun on the collection of ancient stories known as "The Arabian Nights."

All languages have puns, but they usually do not translate well from one language to another.

Wild Bird Wednesday
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, October 17, 2015

We call these birds Pigeons, but according to my bird book, they are Rock Doves, Columba livia. They are an introduced species, not native, and have established themselves in most of the United States and in southern Canada.

There are many color variations from white to very dark. When available they build their nests on cliffs, but a city window ledge or a bridge suits them just fine.

Wednesday Waters
October 11, 2015

Autumn Leaf floating downstream.

Wildflower Wednesday
Lee County, Mississippi, USA, September 13, 2015

Bull Thistle (aka Spear Thistle), Cirsium vulgare, with its prickly stems and invasive habits is classified as a noxious weed in some places, but isn't its bloom pretty!   It is pollinated by bees, butterflies, and Hummingbirds. Small birds (such as finches) eat the seeds.

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. The floating autumn leaf is magical and love the bold thistle.

  2. Magnificent photos, Lea! Especially the autumn leaf on the water!
    Thanks for your comment. Psalms are comforting in times of distress.
    Wil, ABCW Team.

  3. Awesome picture of the thistle! And neat name for a sports team!

  4. Splendid photos Lea. I am having a hard time picking a favorite, they are all lovely.

  5. Now I'm wondering how Arab got its name! Love the pigeon picture!

    1. It was supposed to be Arad in honor of Arad Thompson, son of the town's founder. The US Postal Service misspelled it in 1882, and it has been Arab ever since! The population is about 8,000.
      Thanks for your visit and comment

  6. Wonderful choice for this week, accompanied by wonderful photo's... nice!

    Have a nice abc-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  7. Well-framed pictures. The beauty of Rock Pigeons is often overlooked but you've revealed it very well.

  8. Great post for P and wonderful photography ~ 'love the bird on the wire' ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  9. You're right that puns don't often translate!

  10. I'd make space in my garden for the bull thistle. Reminds me we have a prickly indigenous daisy I must track down again.

  11. Thistles are beautiful, but can be really hard to removed when unwanted. Of course, I love to eat artichokes. - Margy

  12. In most cases I think everybody calls them pigeons too! Cant be too many wild Rock Doves left in the world, although there is no shortage of pigeons!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  13. Cool water tower. I also like the floating leaf and thistle.

  14. Hi Lea, I enjoyed scrolling down, looking at your nice assortment of photos. I think the Wednesday Water one is my favorite. That thistle is my second favorite.


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