Tim Kiser

Tim Kiser

Posted on 04/21/2012


Photo taken on May 29, 2011



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Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory's years' & years' worth of visits from Michigander & Detroitoisie signatories to cactus.

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory's years' & years' worth of visits from Michigander & Detroitoisie signatories to cactus.
I asked the Conservatory Attendant if the cactus had gotten trucked in from the edge of an Outer Phoenix housing development or someplace like that — already pre-carved by exurban disaffecteds — but no: It's the Michigan kids who carve up the plant specimens right there inside the conservatory, because whichever adults are in charge cannot afford to look after them.

Up there near the top towards the right, I'm pretty sure I know who "BRENDA 2011" is: I knew her as a coarsely-spoken potheaded teen with abrasive manners, always needy for attention, always eating tootsie-roll lollipops in public at an age way older than anybody ought to.

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In Detroit on May 29th, 2011, a specimen of Opuntia ficus-indica inside the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory in Belle Isle Park on Belle Isle in the Detroit River.

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Library of Congress classification ideas:
QK495.C11 Opuntia ficus-indica—Pictorial works.
GT3913.A2 Graffiti—United States—Pictorial works.
GT3912 Names carved on trees—Pictorial works.
SB415.82 Conservatory plants—United States—Pictorial works.
F574.D47B45 Belle Isle Park (Detroit, Mich.) —Pictorial works.
F574.D443 Detroit (Mich.)—Pictorial works.

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Art & Architecture Thesaurus term:
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