- December 31
- Howdy. I'm a runner. A quasi-naturalist-wannabe. Reiki Master. I take a l-o-t of pictures of plants and whatnot. I'm based in Vermont. Caretaker of black cats, protector of red efts. I'm over at musingsfromdave.blogspot.com.
MY RECENT POSTS
- exploring the known universe
October 26, 2012 09:09PM
- guest post from an animal
October 25, 2012 11:19PM
- the second milkweed pod’s
October 22, 2012 05:40PM
- what does being an amateur
naturalist look like?
October 21, 2012 08:10PM
- A journey up into the 100 acre
October 20, 2012 01:53PM
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see this post
November 15, 2013 05:10PM
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November 15, 2013 05:07PM
- “daisyjane, I so agree. I
fondle those things, and then
October 23, 2012 11:09AM
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means a lot, coming from
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Yay! Thanks, guys!
October 21, 2012 08:16PM
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Remember the Venetian slippers of the day lilies at the orgy?
Their little feet and legs are covered in pollen these days.
Nearby, the lone pistil.
A few feet away, a yellow lily.
â€¦and its pistil.
Time for spiders on the black-eyed… Read full post »
Even when you expect it.
Even when she wanted it â€“ begged for it, for years.
Even when, well, to be honest? She wasnâ€™t the warmest, most open-hearted person.
Itâ€™s still sad.
My grandmother died last night. She was 97. A few weeks ago, she finally resolved to… Read full post »
This thing called a â€œjobâ€ â€“ what is that all about? Itâ€™s so damn time-consuming. Itâ€™s not just the hours per se â€“ itâ€™s the overall effect of the hours on my whole Way of Being. I just have Not Really Gone Out With The Camera in a whole week, and… Read full post »
Remember the mysterious disappearing Asiatic dayflower from the other day â€“ in which a) we had two flowers and then b) suddenly we did not, and c) I concluded that the flower had been sequestered away into a little leaf pouch?
I take it all back.
Hereâ€™s one… Read full post »
one end of a
comes with rocket-pack
â€œmine mine mine!â€
I went looking for the Asiatic dayflower of the other day. It was gone. Simply gone. Eventually I realized that thatâ€™s what the dragonfly had been sitting on. Where the/…
My 97 year old grandmother has decided that sheâ€™s done. She is refusing food and medication, and it wonâ€™t be long til she slips past the border of this life into whatever mysteries await her next. Yesterday I wrote her one last letter. An aide, or if Iâ€™m lucky, my cousin,… Read full post »
Hey, guess what? Broken noses kinda hurt! Who knew? The swellingâ€™s gone way down. My appointment with the â€œwhat nowâ€ surgeon was rescheduled for next week because â€“ get this â€“ he hurt his leg so badly that another surgeon advised him to go home today, thereby missing my appointment. So… Read full post »
Today was finally The Day, The Day weâ€™ve been waiting for: The Tough Mudder. A ten mile endurance course laced with over two dozen military-style obstacles: walls to clamber over, barbed wire to scurry under, tunnels of mud, running through fire, getting electric shocksâ€¦you know, just your typica… Read full post »
One of my earliest backpacking trips was in early May of 10th grade, a school-sponsored trip to the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. The highlight was a brutal slog up Mt. Colden, reputed to have staggering views. The only thing staggering about it was me. Ice coated the trails, which… Read full post »
I am in that mad rush of last-minute packing for my hiking trip in the White Mountains. Must.Get.One.Last.Post.Up before I go.
Nikon with 85mm. The precision focus is alarmingly fun.
Lumix point-and-shoot. Not as great control over where to focus, but I can get right up in this… Read full post »
I will be out of town next week â€“ hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with an old friend â€“ and Iâ€™m working like a crazed bunny to get everything I can wrapped up at work before I go. This afternoon, I staggered away from my desk, my head… Read full post »
We’ll begin with a warm-up: it’s going to get very yellow-and-orange here, so let’s ease our way in with a buttercup.
Black-eyed susans frequently have little white spiders living on them. Not til yesterday did I finally see one on our big girl.
This afternoon… Read full post »
Hereâ€™s a sort of time-lapse sequence of a hawkweed flower closing up shop and going to seed. This is from a cluster of flowers near our front door â€“ all pictures taken within a few seconds of one another, of separate flowers. But you can pretend youâ€™re watching the same flower,… Read full post »
Todayâ€™s mostly about the pictures.
This is our old stand-by â€“ the flowers continue to emerge, from the outside in.
dreamy, dreamy, dreamyâ€¦
The surface of a single queen anneâ€™s lace.
ahhh, and now for tall anemone, aka thimbleweed.
fl… Read full post »
Just the other day I was posting about the gap-toothed innocence of a particular brown-eyed susan Iâ€™ve been photographing every day, and that post got a lot of comments and traffic and praise and whatnot, particularly in the open.salon.com community where I cross-post.
Well, our beauty hit adolesc… Read full post »
Iâ€™ve been pretty busy lately, and I havenâ€™t gone as far afoot as I might like, but geez, thereâ€™s still plenty going on within sight of the house. Thereâ€™s the brown-eyed susan update, for one:
Two days later. Someoneâ€™s been chomping on a petal. This shot reminds… Read full post »
Just what you’ve been waiting for: four days in the lives of two brown-eyed susans (june 11 – june 14). We’ll start with Baby.
now watch this – sun! the petals suddenly get a little glow to them.
and now, for Big Sis:
You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
Sweetness and I were invited to dinner last night at some friends we hadnâ€™t spent time with in a while. As Catherine and I hugged hello, she laughed and said she felt she was… Read full post »
The sun finally came out and I gave my soul an airing this afternoon.
The first milkweed flowers!
This will be fun to watch unfold.
A sumac flower head. Weâ€™re over by the pole barn, incidentally. Kevin recently discovered something like 15 bird nests up in… Read full post »
A classic Vermont afternoon: full sun and rain, simultaneously. Actually, itâ€™s the first decent batch of afternoon sun weâ€™ve had in d-a-y-s, so even though I was more of a mind to put my feet up with a glass of wine, I headed out to see what there was to see.… Read full post »
I am curious about raspberries, and how the fruit develops. Iâ€™ve chronicled them before â€“ here, and here â€“ those were the purple-flowering kind. Today I was looking at the ordinary white-flowering kind â€“ also known as the instruments of Satan, intent on taking over the universe, starting with… Read full post »
There will be a longer post, perhaps with words, and deeper thoughts, and reflections, on this great mystery of life, soon. But the hour of cuddling with the family – which consists of Best Beloved, and the two black cats, is upon us. So for now, it’s just going to be… Read full post »
Some days, itâ€™s particularly important to find beauty in the world.
Fortunately, God invented irises some time ago, and this helps.
Even when theyâ€™re fraying at the edges, theyâ€™re gorgeous.
I hauled myself out the door this afternoon in serious need of such beauty.
Some… Read full post »
Carex scopario, maybe. A type of sedge.
hawkweed. best bang for your buck, ever.
Good evening, world! And it IS a good evening â€“ itâ€™s been a beautiful, gorgeous day here. Not that I would know much about that, as I spent several hours passed out on the couch in the front room. Why, you ask? Because of that crazy ToughMudder Sunday morning class. It… Read full post »