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Monday, May 30, 2016

Canon balls for Memorial Day

These canon balls, the fruits of the Couroupita guianensis, are heavy and can knock you right out or kill you if they fall on your head. When they hit the ground they sound a loud bong, and often break open to reveal a smelly fruit full of seeds that animals eating it will spread.

The flowers are beautiful, intricate and hooded.
It is native to South America but common and revered in India.

I think of all the war heroes and all the war victims in our past, as well as current, and offer my own prayers for peace. My grandpa and grandmother's lives were altered by WW2, and were both ...heroic, and long suffering. My dad was in the parade today. He will always be my hero.
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