Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Horse-chestnut tree leaf infected by a miniature caterpillar called Cameraria ohridella.
Statue on avenue Charles Risler in the Champ de Mars.
horse-chestnut trees in
The origin of Cameraria ohridella is not known. It was first detected in
A team called Controcam, a part of the National Agronomy Research Institute (INRA), based in Orléans, is studying how Cameraria ohridella spreads. INRA recommends that the fallen leaves be removed completely because it is there that the chrysalis of the Cameraria ohridella spends the winter, then hatches in the spring.
Currently, the European researchers have not found any natural enemy of Cameraria ohridella capable of limiting its development. Only when they find this critter’s place of origin will they be able to find its natural enemy.
Other sick tree
news: The last bastion of the Elm
This morning I
walked all the way through the Champ de Mars and up to the construction site
of the Musée
du Quai Branly. Unbelievably, this
museum’s web site claims the museum itself will open in 2006. I don’t think so. It looks very interesting, very modern, but
as yet very incomplete. This museum
has been under construction for at least 8 years – ever since we’ve been
Do check out the museum’s web site by clicking on its name, above. It looks quite promising.
On the way
home, I saw the sign for rue du General Camou. Remembering that this street is the site of
the American Library in
The weather has been just gloriously wonderful. Sunny, high temps in the 70s, lows at night in the upper 50s (Fahrenheit). The days are getting shorter now, so the sun isn’t waking us at a ridiculously early hour. Our strolls home after dinner are always full of nighttime Parisian scenes.
With so many Parisians gone on vacation, there is less traffic and everyplace seems much calmer.
The local fromagerie (cheese shop) is actually open for the month of August. So I’m rewarding them by buying cheese there instead of at the grocery. The fromagerie has more and better options.
Discussion with monsieur le fromager, translated for your convenience:
Fromager: Good day, madam. Do you desire some cheese?
Me: Good day, sir. Yes, some roquefort, please. It is for eating with pears.
Fromager (leading me to the part of the store where various roqueforts are located): Here we have one type of roquefort, a bit milder, and here we have another type, a bit cruder, stronger.
Me: I’ll take the cruder one.
Fromager: Very good. Is this the right amount?
Me: That’s perfect. (I pay him 4.5 euros.) Thank you very much.
Fromager: Thank you! See you soon. Bye.
Almost leafless trees in August, on the Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cité.