Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

No umbrage please on ABC Wednesday

Utterly lame for ABC Wednesday is this picture of Willow pausing, undecided, at the crossroads in the umbratic woods.  Please don't take umbrage since there is so very little umber in the woods these days with the recent rains producing ubiquitous green as well as the need for an umbrella most days.  Anticipating next week's ABC's is the light in the background above the vernal pond.

P.S. umber is another of those words morphing from describing the color of earth, dark or reddish brown, to an adjective meaning shady to another noun describing the state of taking offense, as in a dark mood?!   And the etymology from the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin umbraticum, neuter of umbraticus of shade, from umbratus, past participle of umbrare to shade, from umbra shade, shadow; akin to Lithuanian unksmė shadow.

Once again thank you to ABC Wednesday crew for sending me searching for words to justify my posting a photo of Willow!


  1. No umbrage offered; it's as a legitimate choice as umbrella or up or understanding. and we're UTTERLY understanding.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Works for me....Love the lush place no wonder Willow is undecided about which wonderful place to sniff first.

  3. You certainly worked hard on your post this week! Great photo and commentary to go with it. And, yes, the Phrontistery is a fun place to wander around looking for new words! Thanks for stopping by my place.

  4. Unbelievably enticing - Willow is a lucky dog :-)

  5. Very creative - anything with a picture of a dog has got to be okay!