By the time you read this, we will be underway — moving our Pearson 303 down to Deltaville, Virginia. After six wonderful years with Shearwater, it’s time for someone else to enjoy her; so once we get her moved, she’s going on the market. Continue Reading →
Tag Archives: Maryland
Flowering dogwoods are another of my favorite springtime trees, along with flowering cherry trees and red buds. And maples. And magnolias. And… And… And…
Aw, shoot; let’s be honest here — if it blooms and is even remotely attractive to look at, it’s in my list of favorites.
I used to think that spring was my single-most favorite time of the year, but the truth is that I like them all… I enjoy the constant, subtle changes and transitions that we go through during the course of 12 months.
But… getting back to spring, I always associate flowering dogwoods with Easter. Why? Because that’s when I formally noticed them for the first time. Continue Reading →
I can’t speak for others, but going outside for a noontime photowalk and getting a nature fix is my best antidote to dealing with the heavy pressures of the office. Far more than anything else, getting the opportunity to meander around with a camera, taking snippets of what I like and enjoy, helps immensely. Continue Reading →
Our latest winter storm blew through late this past Monday night, and the image above — taken the day before yesterday — is what it looks like after a lot of the snow has already melted. The dichotomy is striking, but the damage to the blooms and buds in our area from the wintry mix of ice and snow — plus the unseasonably cold temperatures — is going to go deep this year.
Below is what this same plant looked like on March 5th last year. Oh, and don’t think we couldn’t have more wintry weather yet this season; you can see more snowy images in the posts I shared of a very late winter storm back on March 30, 2014, both here and here.
I’ve had several people enquire about our two Maine Coon cats that we welcomed into our home a little more than a year ago. How are they doing? Perfectly fine, thank you very much. How are we doing in comparison? Whew, what a loaded question. Continue Reading →
The weather here in central Maryland has been out of the ordinary this winter… not much in the way of cold temperatures; no measurable accumulations of snow (yet); hardly any ice (the local ponds skimmed over for only a couple of days so far); the birds haven’t cleaned us out of seed; etc.
Definitely not “normal”. Continue Reading →
Now for something different. Long time readers will recognize this, as I posted an earlier version just over five years ago.
I‘ve been refining this wonderful dish for about thirteen years (I don’t even read a recipe for it now) and it’s a huge crowd pleaser. What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to make and consists of just seven ingredients: Continue Reading →
I don’t know how many degrees above normal our region has been during this winter, but we normally don’t see daffodils at this stage of growth for another month and a half at least.
I always had fun with Rorschach tests in college. Depending on the specific test, I could generally find a dozen or more different things in them, especially if I was able to twist and turn the blots to look at them in different angles. I find this image to be the same way. Not all that interesting in color, but fascinating when converted to black and white, and then rotated. Continue Reading →
A hot, sweltering, crispy-critter day ashore. What could be better than taking a nice boat ride and having the breeze cool you down? Take in the sun and have something icy cold to drink… and pretty soon you’ll find yourself in that lazy, drowsy state where time just sort of drifts along and conversations slow to a crawl.