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  • Your first thought may not be to associate "tulip" with "tough" but try this guy on.

    Warmer weather progresses, the freak April 1 snow storm grows small in the rear view window. The first round of daffodils give way next to pink tulips then these fiery red/orange ones. I am not 100% sure if they were planted here or wandered in.

    The fence in the yard serves two purposes. When I was married and we had dogs, it gave them a place to play, Fenced in. It also now keeps the javalina out of the yard. Fenced out.

    Those freakish assemblages of nature, some sort of cobbled together parts from boar, deer, and something else, are voracious diggers. Strangely they avoid the irises and daffodils, which are safe on the outside of the perimeter, but they do have a thing for eating tulips.

    And that brings be to this repeat bloomer, a bulb that landed outside the fence, but in the last three years has avoided being munched by the "pigs" (THEY ARE NOT PIGS! THEY ARE RELATED TO DEER).

    So it is a welcome site to see this tulip poking inside the fence, teasing me with its civility and braveness. And showering me with lovely beauty.

    Do I stay in or out? Safe or in danger? Or where are my fences? What are they made from?

    One little flower teaches me...

    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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