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Frosted Moss. December 4, 2011

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Early December has its moments.  Like its frosty mornings gilding the still-exposed Little Things:


Before long the snows of winter will bury this stuff ’till spring.  For now, though, I’ll be trying to get shots of it to share here at LBT.

Hope your weekend was relaxing.

Now, get back to work!


Getting The Garden In. October 15, 2010

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That is, harvesting everything which might not survive the predicted weekend weather, cold rain ending in wet snow and high winds.

The chard and tomatoes were the big picks, with hot peppers and celery being covered at night and left for a bit longer;  our Brussels sprouts will actually benefit from this weather.

The big surprise was an uninvited guest who rode in on a sprig of fennel:

A Black Swallowtail caterpillar eyes his next meal.

But I was eying it too, so he got a ride back outside.  😉

Ruby Tuesday – Wild Strawberries! November 23, 2009

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In November???

Well, actually, it’s wild strawberry leaves,  turned autumn red ruby and here festooned with the remnants of the morning’s frost:

I liked the way each of the leave’s tiny, hair-like spines had captured its own accumulation of atmospheric rime.

This was taken at about ten AM in the deep shade of a stand of firs, and the crystal structures were becoming indistinct as the day warmed.  I bet it was really good a couple of hours earlier!

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for hosting this rubilicious meme.  Go visit her for more rubiliciousness!

Frost. November 20, 2009

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In this case, mid-morning frost on a carpet of moss in a field where I’m currently working.  The shade of a stand of fir trees kept the frost in place until coffee break, when I gathered my kit and dashed out into the scrub to snag a couple of photos.

I’m glad I did, even though they were quite rushed.

Moss, supporting a sprawl of wild strawberries:

…and a closer shot of strawberry plants gone red as the freeze comes on:

The full-sized versions of these two photos display the temporal layering of successive ice deposits as what looks here to be chunks of Morton salt.  But trust me, it’s good ol’ H2O.

These come our way courtesy of Ziggy, my 50mm Sigma prime lens.


Courageous Little Asters… October 31, 2007

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…clinging to their color, not desperate, but resigned

to failure in the face of frosts first mild, then insistent,

then murderous in Nature’s way, the way it should be, the way it must be.

Their seeds slipping from the faltering grip of their purple womb

and drifting off to dream a frozen dream

of Spring.