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When It’s Ugly Outside… December 7, 2011

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I know, it’s un-citizenly to think of Mother Nature as serving up The Big Ugly, but you know, sometimes She just does.

November and December can be temporal proof of that.  Gone are the colors, out comes the mud.  It ain’t pretty.

Like today, with a thick pall weighing down the world, a pervasive grayness gripping every view.  I didn’t see any reason to break out the camera at work, and afterward it went from gray to black in half an hour.

Then, as these things happen, I came home to a cold house with this little potted violet sitting over the kitchen sink, doing its mating dance for no one in particular, unless it’s you:

She’s plump and expectant, thrusting her sexy bits upward from creamy sheets of crystalline bliss:

This was a nice find on an otherwise  uninspiring day.

Tonight the rain is supposed to turn to snow, and depending on when and where the transition takes place, we could have a reprieve from Teh Ugly by morning.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see, eh?

Thanks to Ziggy for these macro shots.  They were a nice counterpoint to the larger-world details of getting the wood stove up and running so I can get scantily clad and relax before bedtime.

Which is happening right about now.

G’Night.  😉

Random Shots. May 20, 2010

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This week I’ve been hot on my pal Gizmo, for at least a couple of reasons.  First, I can set him up on the passenger seat and be ready for any wildlife I encounter (which I didn’t;)  second, I can take photos as close as 12-1/2 feet with a field of vision about four inches across, or as far as infinity with a field of vision measured in light years; and third, because I can take photos in the rain without ever leaving the dry comfort of my driver’s seat.

That last one figured heavily in this past week’s wet weather.

At any rate, here are a few snags from the past few days.


…A yellow violet:

Pink Azaleas:

…and a stand of Northern Pitchers up in a fen in Rowe:

These will come along nicely as the summer unfolds.

And because I mentioned a broader field of vision, here’s a shot from tonight’s sunset:


Minutiae. April 19, 2010

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Some little things which had the poor judgment to cross my path today.

Common club moss, here topped with its Spring fertile hats and drenched with morning dew:

Pussy Toes, along the road:

That’s a quarter inch of pristine complexity.

A clump of violets, the local wild kind:

Early saxifrage, clinging to a roadcut on the drive home.

And a little red Columbine, considering whether or not to unfurl its crown at this early date:

Things have popped early this year, and risk being taken down by a cold snap.

Meanwhile, I’m happy to share them with you.

Shot This Weekend. May 17, 2009

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These last few days have been strange, with a diffuse, colorless light bathing the world in shades of gray.  The sky was boring, and I jonesed for some color and a bit of intensity.

So it was natural, I suppose, that my eye would be drawn to the blossoms of apple and strawberry, our local hero fruit and berry.

A bed of apple blossoms:

apple blossoms

…and a wild strawberry tangling roots with a little violet:

strawberries and violets

I’m really pleased with the elements in that last photo.  It has a couple of things wrong with it, but the subject matter isn’t one of them.

Ordinary Moss. May 9, 2009

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Amidst the ordinary looking moss of an old graveyard by the Deerfield river…

Dunbar grave yard

…a myriad of miracles awaits discovery.

Come closer, I’ll show you.

The moss is blooming, its erect flowers filled with the day’s rain:

Moss cups

Sheathed appendages rise on filamentous stalks…

moss, sheathed

…while new blooms glow golden in the evening light:

golden moss cups

And don’t miss the tiny flowers:

Viola Sororia lords it over a lichen patch:

brains and violets

Some day I’ll show you that last image in person, large format.

I think you’ll like it.

Greening Up. May 3, 2009

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The trees are doing it, the grass is doing it:

forest green

The end of the road at the Mary Lyon Homestead.  I love the Spring pallet of greens, their unjaded enthusiasm for the waxing sun.

I get all of my drinkig water there, it’s unbelievably cold and clean.

Here’s a reflection in McLeod Pond up in Catamount State Forest:

white pine reflection

The givaway is the bottom-lit hemlock bows in the upper left corner, a physical impossibility.

And here’s a shot of somebody’s unkempt side yard, with Violets Gone Wild beneath a quince bush:

quince and violets

I love the attitude of the fatty maple tree on the right.

…And Some Other Flowers. May 2, 2009

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The trees are greening up, and the forests and fields are dotted with color.



Trout lily:

trout lily

Dutchman’s breeches:

dutchman's breeches



…and some elegant little white guys which I used to know the names of, though I’ve forgotten:

white something-or-others

That shamrock-shaped leaf was relevant to its identification, but I’m not inclined to look it up right now.  I have sunflowers to pot and dinner on my mind.  😉