23 July 2017

The Stem

The small pansy grows in a cool shady place away from the hot summer's sun.
The drama of the delicate flower is carried by the stem.

22 July 2017

Desk Chit Chat: What Fascinates You?

Dead Creek, Addison Vermont

Dead Creek Management Area,  link to list of the aquatic plants in the area

My description from top to bottom:

Reeds or Rushes (?)
Arum leaved arrowhead (?)
Water (I'm positive.)

I think of reeds and rushes as being grassy cousins that hang out in water in neat groups or rows along a shoreline.  Without seeing the plant up close to compare to an identification list, I don't know what type they are. I don't recall seeing cattails among those particular reeds. The shoreline is neatly landscaped by nature. There is no group of gardeners to tend those plants. 

The shades of green in that wetland environment aren't much different from what I see in the forests. The  difference I find fascinating is the water reflects the sky colors, while in the forest, the sky is mainly evident when sun and clouds create cloud shadows, that change the color values. 
The dark sage green of the water in full sun gains more yellow. In the forest, a full sun on the trees turns them a lovely Chartreuse when the sunlight shines through a break in the clouds (contrast), like the milkweed plant color on the bottom left edge of the second photograph.

This week has been slow due to...picking up a vacuum with one hand, it gets caught, I turned while pulling...a muscle. Painful experience. Healing well. In the meantime, I had more time on the Internet to browse, read and admire. I made a LinkSaturdays bookmark folder. I so wish for a better way to store bookmarks. The scroll down a list view is messy. 

Cutest video of bear cub holding onto it's mother
The video melts my heart. Sorry, I don't remember what blog I first viewed it from.

Trash Animals by Bordalo II
Fascinating! The bunny is my favorite.

Have a relaxing weekend!

20 July 2017

Summer Out & About in Vermont: Grapes, Figs and Poetry

Early morning on a hot and humid June day with the sun blaring down is what I remember about pick your own strawberries. The first time I picked strawberries as an adult, every bit of space in the kitchen was covered with containers including the kitchen sink. The plan is to freeze them, my never done that before brain told me. Clue to that success is to have a freezer large enough to store all those pounds of strawberries. We had strawberry smoothies for a week plus.

Forward thirty years later in Vermont, one of the favorite local places to pick your own strawberries changed over in 2001 to Lincoln Peak Vineyard. They also hosts events. At the vineyard this week-end, Saturday, 22 July, 9 AM- 4 PM is The Middlebury Studio School's Annual Craft Fair.

Strawberries and green grapes are traditionally in my picnic basket, (now a soft sided cooler). This August I'm looking to be wild by adding fresh figs. In 2016 I read about figs on the blog, Hither and Thither.  I bought them fresh at a local grocery store. They are like eating tasty clouds, heavenly good. If I picked a fruit to be in season all year long, then figs is in the top three with fresh blueberries and strawberries.

The August picnic location has yet to be decided. I've been Internet exploring Vermont as well as Upstate New York. So far one site is at the top of the list, The Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, in Ripton, Vermont along Route 125, also known as the Robert Frost Wayside Trail. I've been there before over the years. It is an easy, interesting and good place for photographing Nature (open 6 AM to 10 PM).

Happy Moon Day!

Mare Crisium - Sea of Crisis
Mare Fecunditatis - Sea of Fecundity/fertility
Mare Nectaris - Sea of Nectar
Mare Procellarum -  Sea of Storms
Mare Imbrium - Sea of Showers/rain
Mare Tranquilitatis - Sea of Tranquility
Mare Serenitatis - Sea of Serenity

The Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquility.