- 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.
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Just some quickies today â€“ the camera was feeling artsy.
Siberian Iris â€“ more than a week ahead of where it was last year.
These only emerged today, I think (yesterday was rainy) but theyâ€™re already a bit nibbled looking.
and again. remin… Read full post »
OK, so last week, remember I had a cold? Iâ€™m still leaking brain fluid, but Iâ€™m doing much better. Iâ€™ve gotten back into the swing of things. The flower reports have been delayed due to rain, but this afternoon, we had a classic Vermont spring situation: blue sky, puffy clouds, full… Read full post »
Still dealing with that cold I picked up on the way back from the half marathon. I feel like crap. Today I MADE myself go out into the gorgeous spring sunshine and I tell you, it was brutal.
whaddaYOU looking at?
â€œAll Things Red Belong to ME, m***f***!â€… Read full post »
I got back from Californiaâ€¦umâ€¦geez. Earlier today, technically speaking: my flight landed just past midnight, meaning I got home around 2:30 am. Some lovely people on the plane were so kind as to share their cold viruses with me, so I am currently nursing golf balls in my throat. Not great… Read full post »
â€¦couldnâ€™t help the little house wren that found its way into the chimney of our woodstove this afternoon. It was a cold and rainy day, and the cats were bored and prowling around, looking for something to do. A scritching noise coming from the woodstove was so very promising. I opened… Read full post »
Howdy, folks! Sorry I disappeared on you for a bit there â€“ my sister and I were helping my mom move. When I was first getting ready for this trip, I contemplated bringing various things with me: the camera. the work laptop... In the end, I brought neither, and a good… Read full post »
Ohhhhâ€¦what a rough week. Life is all about balance, yes? This week, after several weeks of â€œsoonâ€ and â€œalmostâ€, circumstances finally resolved themselves such that I am now able to work from home. This led to an absolute quantum leap in productivity, but at some personal cost. Combined with… Read full post »
As the days get longer, my inner engine is ramping up its horsepower. Over the weekend, I had a short run on Saturday â€“ 5.5 miles. I remembered something a gym teacher taught us about running when I was in first grade: that you get a lot of power from pumping… Read full post »
Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s going on in the mystery woodland next to the house. Ferns are coming up!
Letâ€™s take a closer look.
They are apparently made of tiny blobs welded together.
Plus a bunch of fuzz.
Let the records show that we have a flowering… Read full post »
I went for a three hour walk with a friend in some nearby woods that are famed for their wildflowers.
The stream in this bed was sometimes above ground, and sometimes below ground. A mystery for another day.
That green haze on the forest floor is a veritable… Read full post »
But I wouldnâ€™t know, since I donâ€™t go to church. All I know is that looking around sets me right: this a most excellent planet. So here, partake of the goodies, and enjoy:
A couple of days ago, I went out twice â€“ twice! â€“ with the camera, but, as the… Read full post »
Howdy world. No nature pix today. Only half-baked ruminations, and some pretty sore muscles. Yesterdayâ€™s masochistic adventure at the gym was quite successful. It was the second Tough Mudder prep class Iâ€™ve been to. This time, it consisted of three rounds of 13 exercises, each done for a minute a… Read full post »
The usual forays occurred today.
No, I donâ€™t get tired of these, thanks for asking. Eastern blue-eyed grass.
This spider was, no kidding, chasing me. Iâ€™d back off, it would follow. It hid under a leaf for a while, no doubt contemplating how many bites it could get out… Read full post »
Last year I didnâ€™t happen across trillium until they were well and away up and running. This year, Iâ€™ve found them earlier. Apparently how it works is, all-three-leaves go up together, the flower bud still tucked tightly insideâ€¦
â€¦like so. And then the leaves spread out in classic tril… Read full post »
This is from a walk in the woods in town, not where we live. Tis bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)! Check out those leaves. So very modest. Donâ€™t look! Donâ€™t look!
Back at home, I visited the lone hyacinth, last seen here on March 22nd. Itâ€™s opened up a bit, eh?
The lawn is/…
Itâ€™s cold and raining right now, but earlier today it was most tolerable nice, which is handy when youâ€™re doing a long run. The next half marathon is in mid-May, and todayâ€™s plan was for 12 miles. I started out in tights and did a 3.5 mile loop, stopping off at… Read full post »
I must have had settings on the camera a little off today without realizing it. But you know what? I find these pictures beautiful anyway. Without further adoâ€¦
Eastern blue eyed grass â€“ a whole rash of which popped out yesterday.
Vinca aka myrtle.
Another vinca, just start… Read full post »
eastern blue eyed grass
the daffodils were undeterred after yesterdayâ€™s freezing rain kicked off the day. â€œscrew it,â€ they said. â€œweâ€™re opening up.â€
siberian iris shoots. just you wait.
%I… Read full post »
I am, sad to say, sensitive to pain. Iâ€™m just wired that way. I like to think of it as being the downside of being such a lovely, empathic person (cough, cough). You know, all tenderhearted and whatnot, on the inside, and the outside. This has been on my mind lately,… Read full post »
â€¦said the one forsythia flower, to its neighbor.
Gone are the 80+ degree temperatures that no doubt prompted these guys to open up weeks ahead of schedule: weâ€™re back in overcast, rainy, 50â€™s-territory. This particular forsythia is actually at a friendâ€™s house down in the subtr… Read full post »
I donâ€™t know about you, but my brain melts at temperatures above 80 degrees. Itâ€™s Vermont. Itâ€™s March. Good Lord. The process of documenting springâ€™s awakening is UPON US, baby. The frogs started hollering yesterday afternoon. All kinds of things are happening-all-of-the-sudden, and here I am… Read full post »
FINALLY, three crocuses (crocii?) manifested out of sheer nothingness in the lawn today.
The willows out by the mailbox puffed out yesterday, but it wasnâ€™t until today that I ventured forth to visitâ€¦
â€¦as itâ€™s a little wet out there.
Itâ€™s crazy warm here in southern Vermont at the moment. Which is disconcerting, because â€“ at least in our corner of this little corner of the state â€“ thereâ€™s not actually a lot to report. Just a lot of dusty, dry leaf litter on the sides of the road. Itâ€™s mud… Read full post »
Itâ€™s a heath! I couldnâ€™t figure this one out last year, so I wound up calling it the playtex tampon applicator flower.
I know, I know: Iâ€™m overdue for a post. Sorry, world! Maybe tomorrow. Iâ€™ve got a long run in the morning, and then some errands to run.… Read full post »
Act I: I Will Hold You Until Long After Iâ€™m Gone
A yellow birch root encircling the base of an ash. This oneâ€™s weird, actually: I canâ€™t find the rest of the birch. Just its root. Which is weird, because normally, yellow birches get their start as seedlings, on… Read full post »