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More From The Bridge. April 19, 2009

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Well, actually, two more, ’cause it’s getting late, and I have to rise and shine at an obscene hour.

Crocuses on The Bridge:

crocuses

…and a daffodil:

daffodil

That is all.

Random Shots… April 16, 2009

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…from yesterday and today.

A dairy farm I passed on the way home from work:

dairy farm

Dry Brook in Cheshire:

cheshire stream

A quartzite pool along the way:

cheshire quartzite pool

A pinkish sky at day’s end:

pink sky

…and an eagle in a tree near Pagan Sphinx’s house.  It took off toward the end of this two second exposure:

eagle taking flight

This was the second eagle I saw this week; it really made me feel blessed!

Brrrrrr. April 14, 2009

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Been two days and nights without heat, and it’s down to 30F outside.  Had to throw a pork tenderloin in the oven just to keep from freezing…

It’s gonna be one cold-ass shower at 5 in the morning!

A Blue Sky Day. April 14, 2009

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Today was fair, warm and  breezy, feeling a bit more like Spring than it has in a week:

brownfield

It looked like it, too:

colt'sfoot butterfly

Small critters stirred as hawks eyed them with terminal intent:

who's this?

When the wind finally died down, still ponds repeated the scene with startling clarity:

birch reflection

…as a mallard and his mate sunned and preened:

two ducks

Finally, high clouds slipped in as the day ended, bathing upcountry farms in a warm light:

farm with horse at sunset

All in all, it was a relaxing drive home from a good day’s work.

Anza-Borrego, Part II. April 13, 2009

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So where were we?

Ah yes, down in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Battling the wind.

But gawd it was gorgeous.

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Massachusetts anymore!”

Visitor Center and Restrooms, 100 yards that-a-way!

a-b sign

The restrooms were a bit rustic, but the Visitor Center was really informative and staffed with very helpful people.  Couple that with the area’s user-friendly Rules Of Engagement (i.e., camp wherever you want, just don’t mess it up or cause problems,) and this proved to be a low-stress place to pass a couple of days.

And oh, did I mention that it was gorgeous?

a-b boulder field

…even though my bum ankle protested with every step across this particularly rocky patch.

a-b stony ground

But the ocotillos in bloom were mesmerizing, swaying like sirens in the long light of a desert dawn:

a-b ocotillo

…with their luminescent blossoms like bugs at a banquet:

ocotillo blossom

Even in repose the ocotillo has something to say, here through a little sprig of desert sand verbena:

phacilia and ocotillo

or is that phacilia?

We spent mornings and evenings looking for photos, and mid-days exploring, which of course involved taking photos.  ‘Cause that’s why we were there.

A ranger had mentioned that there were flowers blooming in Hawk Canyon, so we went and looked.

Yup, them’s flowers all right…

desert sunflowers

Desert Sunflowers, with a smattering of Desert Lupines.

Everything out here has “desert” as its first name.

The canyon provided some welcome shade (even in early March!)  There was a picnic spot with a fire grate, and a cryptic sign:

no wool gathering

Here Lizz is contemplating the ban on “rock” climbing as she surveys the vertical gravel of the canyon wall.

The narrows at the head of the canyon were choked with desert (!) lavender, in these parts a woody bush growing  substantially larger than a person, and very fragrant:

desert lavender

…and the ubiquitous brittlebush:

little brittlescape

There’ll be a few more of these before we head back north to J-Tree and beyond.

Dinner With TCR! April 13, 2009

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Tonight (well last night,) pesto chicken and red pepper raviolis over wilted baby spinach:

pesto chicken

The leftovers will make killer quesadillas.  😉

Up In The Farms. April 13, 2009

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Up in the hills, where the farms were, there’s less farms now, and less farmin’.

They ain’t all left yet, but they’re workin’ on it.

leyden barn

Open For The Season! April 10, 2009

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The Bridge of Flowers, which spans the Deerfield River between Shelburne and Buckland, opened for the season this past weekend:

Bridge of Flowers

At the moment, it’s mostly crocuses:

bridge with crocuses

…but I’m cool with that.

crocus

purple crocus

This place is a gem, and will soon be a riot of blossoms of all kinds.

Just wanted to share what’s there now.

More Signs Of Spring. April 10, 2009

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The fabled season of rebirth is being elusive here in the Berkshires; a steady diet of cold, damp, foggy weather has been punctuated by bright days and the first wildflowers.

Here are a few shots from this past week.

A foggy dawn on the Chickley River:

fog on the chickley

Colt’s foot, with its lush flowers and strangely leafless stems, sprouts in the gravel at roadside:

colts foot at catamount

Water fowl cruise the beaches and sand bars of the Deerfield:

goose

The sheep have been shorn:

shorn sheep

…And love is in the air.  A wild tom turkey struts like a tipsy frat boy for an obviously disinterested hen:

tom turkey

…while a local Scottish Highland bull does, well, what bulls do:

randy gets some

Notice how impressed his date is.

Anyway, it’s coming, I mean, “imminent.”  And I’m talkin’ about Spring!

Ruby Tuesday! April 7, 2009

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After a bit of a hiatus, here’s one for Holy Week – an appropriately adorned statue in a local cemetery:

angel

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for this fun little meme!