We’ve had a couple of beautiful spring days here, and I thought I would take a break from my usual weighty topics to post a few pictures from a friend’s garden. Russell grows mainly peonies, as you can see, and he has a lot of them. Enjoy.
(Don’t worry, my usual post is coming up. Surely you didn’t think I had run out of things to say…!)
The woods are starting to look less like spring, and more like summer, even though we’re not even through April yet: the poison ivy has begun its inexorable spread across the forest floor and up into the trees. I’m not especially allergic to poison ivy, fortunately, but I do try to avoid stumbling around in it wherever possible. Continue reading →
I had just a little time to take a walk in the woods before the sun went down tonight. Spring is proceeding at a brisk pace: the dogwoods are almost gone, but a number of other wildflowers have begun to take their place. Continue reading →
Seen from above (my usual vewpoint, given that I’m six-foot-four) a number of the plants just getting established in the garden have a certain drama to them. In black-and-white, the sculptural quality becomes even more noticeable. Continue reading →
The wasps and spiders have begun gathering on my porch, a sure sign that winter is well and truly over.
The numbers this year are somewhat unimpressive: last spring there were hundreds of wasps from three different species gathering under the eaves, while this year I’ve seen only a few, all of them Red Paper Wasps. Continue reading →
These creatures are a familiar sight everywhere during their brief mating season each year — flimsy tangles of thready legs and cellophane wings smacking into window screens and lampshades, dangling from spider webs, drowning in teacups, the survivors finally disintegrating after a few days into a litter of disorganized limbs under the porch light. Continue reading →