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Hump-Day Dump! June 16, 2010

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Here ’tis, the proverbial photo-dump.

You know, the stuff which doesn’t tell a story, but which you hate to delete without giving it its moment in the sun.

Dark blue columbines along the road in Savoy:

Orange hawkweed at a cemetery in upper Windsor:

Yellow Flag irises in a beaver swamp in Shelburne:

…and Blue Flag irises in a meadow, these back in Windsor, and set against a field of Ragged Robin and Buttercups:

The weather’s been un-June-like, rainy and cool.  Here the mists rise over a field in Charlemont:

I know, it’s grainy, but it’s a hand-held shot on a dimly lit evening, and consequently at a stupid high ISO.

And a bit later, a sunset as the clouds blew away:

Not a calendar shot, but perhaps worth sharing before I recycle it.

Hope your week is going well as we crest this thing and set our sights on sliding down the other side.

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Ruby Tuesday – The Strange Yet Beautiful Edition! June 1, 2010

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Here are a few shots from the week, plus one I published back in July ’09, though not as a Ruby Tuesday shot.  They’re all ruboid and plantalicious, with a critter tossed into the mix.

First, a fading red peony on the Bridge of Flowers:

And then, two of our local “carnivorous” plants, some Northern Pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea ):

…which sprang up in 90 degree weather early in May and got hammered by a hard freeze at mid-month, and some beautiful little sundews (Drosera rotundifolia ):

…which had the good sense to keep their heads down ’till the freeze had passed.

Actually, both of these plants are opportunistic omnivores, getting as much nutrition as they can from both the minerals and organics in their environment and the odd passing flitty-thing.  Sundews, despite having sticky pads only about a quarter-inch across, trap large-ish flying things like moths and dragon flies, whose struggles prompt uninvolved paddles to arch inward and join the fray, ensuring the fate of the hapless insect.

Don’t get me started on the tactics of the wily pitcher plant; that’s a whole ‘nother post!

And to end on a gentler note, here’s a shot of a sweet little butterfly alight on a red hawkweed blossom:

I originally posted this in July of ’09 or so, but not as a Ruby Tuesday photo, so here it is again for you Rubyphiles.

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

Yellow Hawkweed. July 7, 2009

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On a roadcut.

At a farm in Rowe.

yellow hawkweed

Really.

Easing Into Summer. June 28, 2009

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So the Solstice came and went, and it still doesn’t feel like summer here – it’s been raining for most of the past three weeks, and it’s too cool yet for swimming or going around bare-footed.

But the seasons are indeed changing.  The woodland wildflowers, so prevalent in spring, have faded into memory, and the blossoms of summer populate the fields and roadsides.

It makes for easy shooting, with our roadside fields and meadows providing as much color as the most inaccessible of spots might.

So here are some lazy shots from local roadsides, heavy on the wildflower mix and light on context.

The Mix:

Windsor roadside

Daisies, red clover and yellow hawkweed dominate this aggregation of blooms.

More of the same, but heavy on the  orange hawkweed:

roadside in orange

Ragged Robin and orange hawkweed add flecks of color to this cloud of tiny white flowers:

more wooden guardrail

…which I don’t know the name of.  My Audubon guide has several near-matches, but no clear identification.

And lastly, a cluster of white yarrow is offset by a few dianthus:

yarrow and dianthus

Just thought I’d share these before they hit the Recycle Bin – my ‘puterbox is so crammed full of this stuff that it no longer wants to take my downloads!

Between Seasons. June 13, 2009

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The Spring wildflowers have gone by, and the fields and roadsides are being mowed, so we aren’t really in a peak flower season.

But there are still things happening, especially in the wilder parts of the county, and always on a macro scale (photographically speaking.)

Here are some of the ‘Tween blooms I’m seeing.

Pinks, one of the prolific Dianthus clan, though I know not which one:

pinks

These are about half an inch across, and recently rained on.

Some yellow dudes, probably from the Buttercup family, another large group of related plants:

yellow flats

These are spindly, and were a challenge in the wind.

And here’s some Hawkweed, the common orange version, though it’s even more prolific in its yellow incarnation:

orange hawks

Summer will bring its own delights, but this is what I’ve got right now.