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Blossoms. April 8, 2010

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Crocuses, to be precise:

…because it is, after all, Spring.

On The Road Home. April 7, 2010

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…And later that same day (as the previously posted sunrise,) a patchwork of clouds provided this Westward view:

Taken (again) as I got up to Florida from the day’s job site in North Adams.

While She Lay Sleeping. April 7, 2010

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Fifteen hundred feet below these “valley clouds,” the Deerfield River is unaware that the Berkshire hilltops are basking in the light of a new day:

…taken on my way to work today.

God bless Florida, Massachusetts, a town of paradoxes and extremes, and the home of nine months of winter and three months of piss-poor sledding.

Colors Of Spring. April 3, 2010

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No, not flowers, though there will be plenty of those soon enough.

Today I have a pair of sensorial opposites.  First, the lithic permanence of the granitic gneiss of Salmon Falls:

…the intriguing geometry and variegated colors of which never cease to amaze me; and second, a softer vision – a tiny snippet of a bed of golden moss:

…found glowing in the late day sun, as it is wont to do.  The delicate intricacy of this stuff always stuns me, and I’ll doubtless bore you with it as Spring progresses.  Consider it a weakness of mine, and forgive me my trespasses, as I’ll forgive those who tread unaware on such delicate beauty.

A Whole Lotta Watta! April 3, 2010

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Flooding has recently been pervasive here in the Northeast, and the Connecticut River grew mighty with the recent rains.  Here are a few shots from this past week.

The Connecticut as it flows under the Great Falls Bridge between Gill and Montague:

…here with the fish ladder in the foreground, ferrying salmon and shad to higher waters.

The dam itself is massive for these parts, catching and releasing stupendous volumes in the Spring:

…not to mention (though I shall) the flood shunted down Turners Falls’ great canal:

That’s actually a several-second exposure of a quite-turbulent scene.  Funny how Time mellows such things.

And speaking of “mellow,” we could all take a page from the Gulls’ Playbook: Chill!

I’m experimenting with Elliot here, so bear with me if things come out suboptimally!

My Morning Drive. April 2, 2010

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This morning the moon was out, contemplating setting in the west, scooting behind hills and reappearing as I drove.  The river was rising around me as it does when the nights are cool and damp and the day dawns clear.

I caught the moon as it ducked too slowly behind a hemlock-clad hill:

…and the risen river of vapor as it stole silently across the fields, embracing and releasing trees,

…rising in undulating strands up the enclosing hillsides as the sun also rose:

It was a hasty juggling act, the river fog taken with my point-and-shoot shoved out the passenger side window, the moon lassoed by Gizmo, propped up on the driver’s side mirror.

My work schedule is the antithesis of flexible, so it was all very rushed.

Still, it was a better-than-average ride to work.

In Our Door Yard! April 1, 2010

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While a new sump pump evacuated our cellar, I took a moment to investigate the minutiae of our dooryard  and was rewarded by signs of Spring.

Crocuses stake a claim in the thin light:

…while other denizens of the dooryard are just happy to be out and about:

I marveled at this guy’s little square feet (before removing him to a place where his nibbling would effect our yard less obviously.)

And beneath it all, our thyme was blossoming:

I guess flooding isn’t the only sign of Spring!