Of ‘muscae volitantes’ and oriental bittersweet

Interesting day.

Had my first appointment with Geisinger opthamologist.

Thought after seeing an optometrist for so long it would be good idea to get a second look. Venezulean doctor. Very good Couldn’t believe it when she told me she sees 33 patients a day.

I practiced my Spanish on her and she pretended I was doing a good job. Mucho gusto en conocerle.

Anyhow, got a pretty clean card: cataracts still tiny, macular pucker intact. Blurry contacts may because prescription is too strong. Opthamologists do deal with contacts so went to make an appiontment with the optometrist at Geisinger she recommended and first opening was in January!  Guess when you’re good you’re popular.

What DID freak me out was first when a young woman was having rouble taking photos of my eye.

When I saw the pictures I saw why. I have so many floaters that they appeared on the picture as a black blob in the front of the eye!

Thank goodness the brain edits some of these out or I’d be in deep doo-doo. Oh I do have a lot of floaters floating around in my visual field all the tme but nothing like a solid black mass and you learn to disregard them. When I think about them right now i can see them floating all over my visual field. But normally you don’t notice them, except for this one tiny perfect black ball that passes across my eye like a planet in rotation.

Wish I didn’t know this cause no I’m sure I’ll start obsessing about them.

Latin lesson time: Romans called them muscae voliitantes, which means flys in the eye; good description.

bittersweetOn to oriental bittersweet for a story I’m working on.

On the mountain behind our family cemetery in Courtdale is a sparking profusion of Oriental Bittersweet, looking like natural Christmas ornaments spread throughout the forest. But it’s also a bad boy.
introduced to the U.S. in the 1860s as an ornamental plant, it is still widely planted for this reason. It is a prolific seed producer, and distributed by birds
Asiatic bittersweet – as its also known — forms dense thickets which prevent lower plants from photosynthesizing, and strangles shrubs and small trees by girdling their roots. It is displacing native America bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) by out-competing it and hybridizing with it.
To protect the native bittersweet, and since it is difficult to tell the two apart, it’s best not to pick any bittersweet but instead admire it where you find it.

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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