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Ruby Tuesday At The Farm! September 13, 2010

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Just a “quickie” today, a shot of the prayer flags which connect our barn to Heaven and Earth:

Eliot caught both the near flags and the face of the barn in reasonable focus, despite cloudy skies and a stiff breeze.

Gotta love that “tilt” function!

For more Rubyliciousness, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.  😉

It’s The Little Things! September 12, 2010

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Here are a few macro shots which I took over the weekend.

First, a little brown moth which I rescued from between our kitchen window and screen, here shot on a jade plant which it rode out the door:

Then there was this match-head size spider, hiding inside the shell of a hickory nut which had been gnawed open and eaten by a rodent:

…Thanks to Susan’s keen eye for noticing it when it was tucked up into a corner!

And last, this little beetle basking on a flower petal in our dooryard:

…looking for all the world like a little piece of jewelry.

Tomorrow we’ll return to the Big People’s World.  😉

Back To Color! September 9, 2010

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Escaping the black & white world of gravestones (whew!) we return to September in Western Massachusetts.

Specifically, to these beautiful sunflowers Susan picked from her garden:

…and brought over to brighten my day!.  🙂

We both marveled at the complexity of that big yellow one:

It’s a little hard to tell in this small format, but the Raw file is spectacular!

As we move into harvest season there will be lots more things to be thankful for.

I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.  😉

Chandler Hill Cemetery. September 8, 2010

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Visited the Chandler Hill Cemetery in Colrain over the weekend:

It was like stepping into a time machine; stones carved in a style gone from modern times:

…scripture quoted in words lost in antiquity, memorials to people who wrested a life from these rugged hills long before there was a United States.

“James Stewart, b.1680…”

One Reverend Taggart apparently made quite an impression, serving both his congregation and his community in an early incarnation of our Congress:

I liked the time-worn workmanship of his stone:

Thanks to Lizz and Holly for sharing with me this very cool old piece of our local history.

Morning In The ‘Berks September 6, 2010

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A night of off-and-on rain slides slowly toward the twilight of morning.  As the darkness gives way to light, heavy river fogs rise wraith-like from the valleys, wreathing the hills in gray mists.

You force yourself to roll out of bed, dress, swill a cup of yesterday’s coffee and stumble out to the car, intent on getting above the morning miasma, hoping to find a sunrise.

The road climbs and winds through narrow valleys, their walls obscured by drifting mists, ’till at last the mists thin and you break free into the space between the fogs of Mother Earth and the clouds of Father Sky, just in time to see them bow down to The Source, The Reason, The Sun:

So begins another day in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.

Thank you, Mother Earth.  Thank you, Father Sky.  Thank you, Sun.

Just In Time For Ruby Tuesday! September 6, 2010

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After being in communicado for most of the past week (internet troubles,) Frau B showed up on Saturday and correctly diagnosed the problem as a dead “airport,” apparently not one of Apple’s finer designs…

Anyway, after some scouting around, Lizz hooked up an older unit and we’re back in business.

So here’s a shot from the garden, Rainbow Chard Glowing in Evening Light:

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