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Ruby Tuesday – The Chrysanthemum Show! November 8, 2010

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Spent Sunday afternoon at Smith College, diggin’ the Mum Show with Susan (she has all the best ideas! 😉 )

There were more kinds of Mums than I’d ever imagined!  Here are a few shots from the day.

Cascading mums, trained on screens which are rolled down a bit every couple of days, making for a wall-size display:

Pink Mums:

Red Mums:

Yellow Mums:

Orange Mums:

There were lots of people there, it being opening day, but still, I was surprised to run into Rod Stewart:

Heheh, sorry about that…

My favorites, though, were of a variety called “Wind Dancer:”

They came in lots of colors, but I was partial to these butterscotch ones:

And of course, where there are flowers, there ought to be honey bees:

Couldn’t get her to sit still for me, sorry…

Before we left Susan took a little time out to enjoy the goldfish in the Orchid Room:

…and I took a little time out to enjoy Susan by the goldfish pond!

OK, so they’re not all ruby shots, but I thought enough of them were to pass this off as an RT post!

Besides, there’s plenty more Rubyliciousness over at Mary’s!

Enjoy!

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Dang ‘Puterox!! October 25, 2010

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The Interwebz has been in and out on me for the past two days, mostly out, and now that it’s back in, I’m out, or off rather, to bed.

That’ll teach it to stay out late, then expect me be up for it when it finally comes around!  No “Ruby Tuesday” for YOU, smart-ass ‘puterbox!!

…well, ok, maybe just a little Ruby Tuesday:

A little peek skyward, and that’s all yer gonna get – now git!

And if you want more, go see Mary!

😉

Ruby Tuesday On The Deerfield River. October 18, 2010

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Autumn in New England + Ruby Tuesday = Just Too Easy!

At the risk of being clichéd (but with a promise to keep it brief,) here’s a single Rubylicious shot of the Deerfield river in Shelburne Falls:

That’s ivy and Virginia creeper on a light pole on, you guessed it, the Bridge of Flowers.

And a promise being a promise, that’s it for now.  If you want more of The Ruby, please visit Mary over at Work of the Poet!

Ruby Tuesday – Autumn Up Close. October 11, 2010

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Here in New England, autumn is a time when garishly-colored garments become camouflage; bright reds and yellows and oranges melt into the background as the local hardwoods compete in a Queen For A Day pageant of ridiculous colors.

Well, usually.  This year has been pretty subdued; a dry summer and early frost turned things uncharacteristically brown, and it’s likely that seasonal visitors were underwhelmed.

But still, if one looks closely enough, there are snippets and bits of color as bright as Disney, but rendered with a veracity which only Nature can provide.

Here are a few macro shots from this past weekend.

Sphagnum moss set against a bright Ruby maple leaf:

A detail from the heart of a purple aster:

…with the Ruby being propitiously provided by a red maple leaf in the background.

And then, my personal favorite, a tiny blue aster blossom set against a sugar maple leaf:

…I know, the colors of these three shots fight amongst themselves, but they all followed the theme of the meme, so they all got past my editor.

I’m gonna have to talk to that guy…

For more Rubylicious  photos, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.

Ruby Tuesday/Dinner With TCR! September 27, 2010

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September – Fall colors, crisp nights by the fire, my birthday (!), the Harvest Moon…

And, of course, The Harvest:

…in this case, heirloom tomatoes in our organic garden!

These are among my favorite pleasures as Summer melts into Autumn.  Let them come out ugly, cracked, strangely lobed… just let them come out!!

These red and yellow beauties will be great canned and made into sauces, as Miz LuMena does so wonderfully:

…but right now a couple of them are going to join a few of our garden’s other offerings, cilantro, red onion and deep purple hot peppers, in a swim with invited guests Organic Corn and Back Olives; they won’t know they’re in the “deep end” until the olive oil and balsamic vinegar begin to rise around them, and by the time the Gorgonzola crumbles arrive to finish the job, it will be too late for them, and dinner time for me!

With a couple of free-range chicken thighs grilled over an oak fire, this will be a fine easy dinner for a September evening:

…Enjoy!

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for hosting this fun meme.  🙂

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.  😉

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!

Ruby Tuesday – Walking The Steel. August 16, 2010

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My job, highway and bridge layout, ranges from yawns, generally plentiful during the more mundane aspects of rural road surveys, to screams, which can come fast and furiously when in the throes of building a big, complicated bridge.

I’m presently wrestling with a monster, a disintegrating concrete span which looms in a great curve over an iron railroad bridge which in turn spans the concrete channel of the Hoosic river in its transit of the city of North Adams.  It’s a virtual Escher’s World of crumbling concrete pillars being “resurfaced” (yeah, and good luck with that! ) and redecked with new steel beams and a new concrete deck.

We’re at the point now of setting the beams on the east side (Stage II) and they are, you guessed it, RED:

The iron workers scurry about up there seemingly unphased;  I, on the other hand, move with a great deal of care and caution, much to their amusement:

That’s not me, but you get the idea – and it gets a good bit higher by the time it crosses the railroad tracks.

I’ll be spending the better part of the next few weeks walking the steel, with the spaces between the beams being gradually filled in with “pans” for the upcoming concrete pours.

For more Things Ruby, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet!

Ruby Tuesday On The Bridge Of Flowers! August 9, 2010

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Took a short walk today on Shelburne Falls’ famous Bridge of Flowers.

It was Rubylicious!

The air was cool and calm, the light subdued:

The Coneflowers were popping, much to the delight of plentiful honey- and bumble-bees:

Begonias begged at my ankles:

But the Big Dogs on this day were the Dahlias, which fairly hijacked the place:

Big as saucers and saucy as hell:

And yeah, they came in other colors… but then, they wouldn’t be Ruby,  now would they?

😉

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

Ruby Tuesday – Another One From The Bridge. July 12, 2010

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At the risk of boring you all, here are a couple more from the Shelburne Falls Bridge of Flowers.

A Scarlet Ruby begonia:

…and a blossom of Crocosmia, here of the cultivar Lucifer:

…both boldly rubilicious.

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for this beautiful meme.