Art Vent

Letting the Fresh Air In


August 5, 2009 - 10:01pm -- Carol Diehl

The rain has given us a break for the past two days—was threatened for today, but hasn’t happened so far—and now we have mosquitoes the size of helicopters. Last night in the garden, taking out the pea vines and replacing them with zucchini plants, an entire fleet landed on my ear. Even though I’ve sprayed it with so much Benadryl the afflicted organ is now stuck to my head, the urge to scratch it takes up nearly all my attention. With what little brain space I have left over, I will attempt to write a little about L.A., where the sun was out all the time and there were NO MOSQUITOES.

I said I didn’t want to go see art (“I’m here to see you”) but son Matt insisted and anyone who knows Matt knows that when he insists, it’s futile to protest. Besides he was right, as he usually is.

Our first stop was
Oh, and the chilled soup I got at the museum cafe in the courtyard. You can try this at home: beet puree mixed with watermelon juice and a touch of finely chopped mint. Perfect!


Here is something that might interest you from a friend of ours concerning mosquitoes and New England and bats.

"ps We have tons of mosquitoes due to the rain, but primarily due to the mass extinction of New England bats. You probably know this. I have been tracking frogs and bats in this area for the state with a couple of friends, and we are in trouble.

The mass extinction of the bats is due to a fungus named the "white nose" as the fungus produces a white powder around the nose. Not all the bats are dead but close to 75% are, and that is serious. No cure to date and no idea of how they got it, but they have barred the caves and mines from humans. Similar to the fact that a fungus has wiped out certain species of frogs and toads throughout South America and Central America."

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