Here’s the latest addition to our side garden… some pink tiger lilies. Their heavy exotic scent drifts to all corners of our yard, and their bright color makes them the center of attention.
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I’ve worked at my current employment site for over 11 years now, and it took me an entire decade to discover that they had a southern magnolia (magnolia grandiflora) tucked away in an obscure area that doesn’t get much foot traffic. I saw this tree for the first time last year — long after it’s normal blooming season — so I’ve been eagerly waiting for the blossoms to pop again this year. Which they did just a few days ago. Continue Reading →
How often do you come across another living thing that is older than the recorded history of your own family tree? Older than the discovery of the Americas. Older than the ruins at Mesa Verde. Older than the Abrahamic religions, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Older than the Great Pyramids of Giza. Dating all the way back to the mid-to-late Bronze Age — or Babylonia — some 4,000 years ago.
How many cycles of drought, floods, fires, and blizzards have they seen? How many civilizations have risen and fallen around them while they’ve been alive? If they could share anything from their experiences, what would it be? Continue Reading →
With the setting sun and the languid movement of the river, this image really reminds me of the Doobie Brothers song, Black Water, especially after the light faded and the colors transitioned to monochrome:
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 →
I’ve been interested in seeing Bodie, California, for decades… having heard about it for the first time when I was still in high school some forty years ago. Did it meet my expectations? Oh yes — very much so! Continue Reading →
Last weekend we drove to West Virginia for a nature fix — our term for some rest and relaxation in the wilds. First we tried the east entrance to Dolly Sods (closed), then the south entrance to Dolly Sods (closed), then the front entrance to Seneca Rocks (closed), the Seneca Rocks visitor center (closed), local national forest campground (closed), and finally the entrance to Spruce Knob, the highest point in the state.
It was open. Yay! 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 →
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.